April 2, 2013
IRVING, Texas - SMU senior Alisha Filmore was named as one of 12 recipients of the Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service awards, Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced, and the women's basketball star is the league's only repeat winner. The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The award is presented three times throughout the season, with these honorees representing Conference USA's winter sports: men's and women's basketball, women's swimming and diving and men's and women's indoor track and field.
Filmore was the lone senior on the SMU women's basketball team, which won the C-USA regular-season championship and advanced to the WNIT, earning the program's 18th postseason appearance. She was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, averaging 12.5 points and shooting 36 percent from 3-point range. She also became the 20th player in SMU history to score 1,000 points, finishing her career with 1,070.
The Mansfield, Texas, native serves as a mentor for Promise House, an organization which embraces homeless, runaway and at-risk teens, and as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She volunteers with the North Texas Food Bank and organized a canned goods drive with SAAC and participated in the Conference USA initiative. She also worked to coordinate a service event for the women's basketball team to work with children an apartment complex in south Dallas in conjunction with Behind Every Door, an organization which works with low-income housing communities.
The three-year starter also has volunteered her time during the past four years at the Kids Get Fit Fest, a free event put on by the Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity. She is a team leader for Relay for Life and is the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.