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Hardin selected OVC Athlete of the Year

For the second consecutive year, the Ohio Valley Conference has honored a Lady Gov as OVC Female Athlete of the Year in voting by the league's athletics directors and sports information directors.

Austin Peay senior forward Gerlonda Hardin, the OVC Womens Basketball Player of the Year, was selected as the OVC Female Athlete of the Year. She will receive an award from OVC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher at the leagues annual Honors Luncheon on Thursday, June 3, in Nashville.
For the second consecutive year, the Ohio Valley Conference has honored a Lady Gov as OVC Female Athlete of the Year in voting by the league's athletics directors and sports information directors.

Austin Peay senior forward Gerlonda Hardin, the OVC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, was selected as the OVC Female Athlete of the Year. She will receive an award from OVC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher at the league's annual Honors Luncheon on Thursday, June 3, in Nashville.

Hardin was chosen as the 2003-04 OVC Women's Basketball Player of the Year after leading Austin Peay to its second straight OVC regular-season title. She also claimed her second OVC tournament MVP award and fourth league all-tourney selection while leading the Lady Govs to their fourth straight conference tournament title and NCAA tourney appearance.

A native of Springfield, Tenn., Hardin recorded 12 double-doubles this past season, leading the Lady Govs and ranking among Conference leaders in scoring (18.4 ppg), blocked shots (59) and field-goal percentage while also finishing second on the team and third in the league in rebounding (8.7 rpg). Her 60.8 field-goal percentage led the Conference and ranked third nationally in 2003-04 while her school-record 61.8 career field-goal percentage puts her among the Top 25 in NCAA women's basketball history.

A three-time All-OVC honoree, Hardin leaves as the league's all-time blocked shots leader (223). In addition, she holds the APSU record for career rebounds (982) and is second in all-time scoring (1,863). A 2003-04 CoSIDA Academic All-District third-team pick and APSU's 2003-04 Most Outstanding Female Athlete, Hardin was recently named to the 2003-04 Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Team.

Last year, Hardin's former basketball teammate Brooke Armistead was APSU's first-ever recipient of the award.

Another outstanding APSU athlete, Jeff Mault (baseball), was nominated for Male Athlete of the Year.