Keena Mays Named Women's Basketball Team MVP

Go smu! Keena Mays and head coach Rhonda Rompola
Go smu!
Keena Mays and head coach Rhonda Rompola
Go smu!

April 13, 2013

DALLAS (SMU) - Keena Mays was named Most Valuable Player at the SMU women's basketball annual awards banquet. The junior transfer, who became eligible after the fall semester, was named Conference USA Player of the Year and a finalist for WBCA All-America after leading the Mustangs with 18.4 points per game and shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range.

Senior Alisha Filmore was honored with the M Award for exemplifying leadership, sportsmanship and effort both on and off the court. The Mansfield, Texas native was also recognized as the Top Defender for the second season in a row, finishing the season with a team-high 69 steals. The team captain, who was awarded the Conference USA Spirit of Service award for the second straight year, averaged 12.5 points per game and became the 20th player in program history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Akil Simpson earned the Rebound Award, leading the team with 8.1 rebounds per game, pulling 251 down for the season. The junior also averaged 10.7 points per game, shooting 47.7 percent from the field. Freshman Gabrielle Wilkins was given the Hustle Award. She averaged nearly 18 minutes per game in her first collegiate season, scoring 6.0 points per contest, and tied a conference record with 10 steals against SIU-Edwardsville.

The Mustangs celebrated their ninth 20-win season and fourth in the last six years, which included a C-USA regular-season championship and a berth in the WNIT. The postseason appearance was the 18th all-time and 12th during head coach Rhonda Rompola's 22-year tenure. Rompola was also honored at the banquet with a framed jersey, commemorating her 400th career win, which she picked up against Tulsa on Feb. 21.