Athletes of the Year named for 2007-08
August 12, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Graduated senior women’s basketball player Tamika Curtis (Bellwood, Ill./Nazareth Academy) and junior men’s basketball player Jared Bailey (Argo, Ill./Argo Community H.S.) have been named as Benedictine University’s “Athletes of the Year” for 2007-08.
Curtis and Bailey will receive their awards at halftime of Benedictine’s Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 18 (Noon kickoff).
For Curtis, the female “Athlete of the Year” accolades brought down the curtain on what was arguably the greatest career in Benedictine University women's basketball history by earning recognition on two different All-America teams for the 2007-08 season. Curtis was named honorable mention All-America for NCAA Division III by both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and D3Hoops.com.
It was Curtis' second-consecutive WBCA All-America honorable mention from the WBCA. She was also named first-team all-region by both organizations.
Curtis finished the 2007-08 season with career-year numbers across the board for the Eagles. The 6'0" center averaged 19.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, all the while shooting 59.1 percent from the field. She also averaged 2.3 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in leading her team to a second-consecutive appearance in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) post-season tournament.
On the year, Curtis rolled up 14 "double-doubles" and tallied in double-figure scoring in 25 of 26 contests. She had a career-high 39 point game this season versus North Central College on November 27.
Curtis was named to the D3Hoops.com national "Team of the Week" three times this past season. Likewise, she was named as the NAC's "Student-Athlete of the Week" three times. She was also an all-tournament selection at the prestigious Trinity (Tex.) University Tournament.
Curtis ranked among the NCAA Division III leaders in several categories, including: Scoring, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. In the final 2007-08 NAC regular season statistics, she ranked among the Conference leaders in scoring (2nd), rebounds (1st), blocks (1st), field goal percentage (2nd) and free throw percentage (17th).
Curtis finished an illustrious career with her fourth, first-team all-conference selection in as many seasons on the court. She is Benedictine's all-time leader in scoring (1,887 points), blocked shots (208) and field goal percentage (54.7%). She was also second on the all-time rebounding list (1,124). In her 106 game career, Curtis posted 54 double-doubles and scored in double digits in 99 games (with 39 games of 20-plus points and eight 30-point games).
Bailey, who will be entering his senior season in 2008-09, had the best season of his collegiate career for the Eagles in 2007-08. He was at or near the top in virtually every statistical category this past season for Benedictine.
Bailey earned first-team All-Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) honors in 2007-08, shining among many outstanding players in the 12-team NAC race. He led his Eagles’ team to the NAC post-season tournament, as well.
Bailey averaged 17.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, appearing in all 26 contests. He shot 48.2 percent (146-303) from the floor and hit 41.5 percent (51-123) from beyond the three-point arc. Bailey also hit a team-leading 84.6 percent (121-143) from the free throw stripe.
Bailey also averaged 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
In the final NAC regular season statistics, Bailey ranked among the Conference leaders in scoring (8th), field goal percentage (15th), assists (3rd), free throw percentage (5th), steals (4th), three-point field goal percentage (6th) and three-point field goals made per game (8th). He was also 16th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
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