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Peek chosen as OVC's Hamilton Award winner

Austin Peay senior women's basketball player Cassandra Peek, who excelled as a student-athlete both on and off the court, has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award. The award will be presented on Friday, June 3, in Nashville as part of the Ohio Valley Conference's annual Honors Luncheon.

The award is given to an Ohio Valley Conference male or female student-athlete of junior or senior standing who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator.
Austin Peay senior women's basketball player Cassandra Peek, who excelled as a student-athlete both on and off the court, has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award. The award will be presented on Friday, June 3, in Nashville as part of the Ohio Valley Conference's annual Honors Luncheon.

The award is given to an Ohio Valley Conference male or female student-athlete of junior or senior standing who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator.

Peek was a member of two OVC regular-season and three OVC tournament championships, also playing in three NCAA tournaments. Selected as team captain for the 2004-05 campaign, she finished her career as only the third player in school history to make 100 three-pointers and dish out 300 assists, ranking fourth all-time with 335 helpers. Peek is also ranked fifth on the APSU charts in games played (119), sixth in three-pointers made (108), 10th in three-point field-goal percentage (.326), 10th in assists per game (2.8), 13th in steals (117) and 15th in free-throw percentage (.739).

A former member of the University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Peek was named the 2004-05 Female Athlete Leader of the Year by the Austin Peay Student Organization and Leader Board. Throughout her career, she has participated in the Read Across America, Adopt-A-Highway and Make-A-Difference programs, assisted with the Fall Festival at Cumberland Heights Elementary School and helped host the Girl Scout Clinic at Austin Peay. She also was involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and recently was named to the board of directors for Lincoln County (Ky.) Christian Teen Club in her hometown area of Kings Mountain, Ky.

A health and human performance major, Peek also excelled in the classroom. She was named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll seven times, twice to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll and twice was nominated for Academic All-America. She also recently was voted the 2004-05 Female Joy Award recipient as APSU's Most Valuable senior athlete.

Peek is the third APSU student-athlete and fifth women's basketball player to receive the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, which was established in 1998. She currently is touring China as part of a basketball team providing clinical instruction while taking part in athletic competition.
—Brad Kirtley