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APSU's Armistead receives Steve Hamilton Award

June 4, 2003

Former Austin Peay senior women's basketball star Brooke Armistead, who excelled as a student-athlete both on and off the court, has been selected as the recipient of the 2003 Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award.
June 4, 2003

Former Austin Peay senior women's basketball star Brooke Armistead, who excelled as a student-athlete both on and off the court, has been selected as the recipient of the 2003 Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award.

The award is given annually to an Ohio Valley Conference male or female student-athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator Steve Hamilton. Criteria include significant athletic performance along with good sportsmanship and citizenship. The winner is selected by the conference's athletics directors and sports information directors.

Armistead was the OVC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and OVC Tournament MVP for the second time in three years. She led the Lady Govs to their third straight OVC Tourney title and NCAA Tournament appearance. She was named first-team All-OVC for the third straight time and OVC All-Tournament for the fourth straight year.

She led the Lady Govs to an unprecedented 27-4 record, including 22 straight wins, and an unbeaten (16-0) conference season. She is APSU's all-time leading scorer (2,508 points), and probably would have broken the OVC scoring record (2,526) if a head injury hadn't forced her to miss three games.

She finished her career as the NCAA's 29th all-time scoring leader and left as APSU's career leader in scoring, field goals, field goals attempted, free throws, free throws attempted and free-throw percentage.

She recently became the first OVC player to be drafted by the WNBA.

The health and physical education major recently received the Governors Club Academic Achievement Award for owning the highest GPA (3.85) of graduating APSU senior athletes. She is a two-time OVC Medal of Honor recipient, a three-time member of the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll and three-time honoree as a Lady Govs Scholar-Athlete. Armistead was named 2002-03 second-team Verizon Academic All-America after earning Academic All-District three times.

Along with her accomplishments on the field and in the classroom, Armistead also has been involved in numerous civic and volunteer functions, receiving the prestigious Halbert Harvill Civitan Citizenship Award at APSU's May graduation ceremonies. She was a four-year volunteer for the Special Olympics, and was part of the APSU women's basketball elementary school reading program for four years. She read at the Clarksville Public Library for Dr. Seuss' Birthday, in addition to volunteering for the APSU Fall Festival, the women's basketball Adopt-a-Highway program and several Lady Govs basketball elementary school clinics. She also volunteered for Plant the Town Red, and she has been a regular guest speaker at local civic clubs.

The Elmwood, Tenn., native is the fifth person to receive the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award. Tennessee Tech football player Grant Swallows won the award last year. Tennessee-Martin women's basketball player Kelly Pendleton received the honor two years ago, while Murray State men's basketball player Michael Turner took the honor in 2000, and Austin Peay women's basketball player Julie Virta was the inaugural award winner in 1999.

Also nominated for the Steve Hamilton Award were Eastern Illinois' Henry Domercant (men's basketball), Eastern Kentucky's Josh Anderson (baseball), Morehead State's Travece Turner (women's basketball), Murray State's Stewart Childress (football), Southeast Missouri's Brooke Nett (softball), Tennessee-Martin's Brady Nighswonger (baseball), Tennessee State's Mery Udoji (track and field) and Tennessee Tech's Brent Jolly (men's basketball).