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March 11, 2014

Munn named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State’s strong academic tradition for women’s basketball started under the leadership of former coach Jim Wiedie.

Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley with six of the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards after Anna Munn earned the recognition Tuesday for the 2013-14 season.

Munn joins Kourtney Mennen (2003), Melanie Boeglin (2006), Laura Rudolphi (2007) and Kelsey Luna (2009 and 2010) as winners of the award, which began in 2002.

The Indianadpolis native has a grade-point-average of 3.8 with a major in exercise science.

Munn hopes to stay involved with basketball upon graduation.

“I plan to just give back to the little girls who have supported us by coaching, maybe even in the [Terre Haute] area. That’s what I really want to do, give back to everything that I’ve been blessed with in my career,” Munn said Tuesday.

Munn, a senior who ranked fifth in the Valley in 3-pointers made and ninth in assists, averaged 10.6 points for ISU during league play. Munn leads the league in free-throw percentage at 88.9 percent this season. She’s among the all-time MVC leaders in that statistic.

“It’s a really nice honor, just to be able to take what I’ve been blessed with — a scholarship — and do what I came here to do to get an education first off. I’m just really blessed to get this award,” Munn said.

Munn and the Sycamores will be trying to win the program’s first MVC Tournament title this weekend at St. Charles, Mo. ISU, who shared the MVC regular-season title with Wichita State, is the No. 1 seed. The Sycamores await the winner of No. 8 Loyola and No. 9 Bradley. Tip-off will be at 1:05 p.m. EDT on Friday.

“These awards are just icing on the cake, but the cake’s going to be getting that ring.”

The Sycamore senior guard is joined on the second-team MVC Scholar-Athlete team by senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who is working on her Master’s Degree at ISU. Sophomore Kasey Johnson is an honorable-mention selection. Abdul-Qaadir holds a 3.5 GPA in coaching at ISU.

Abdul-Qaadir is the co-leader during the 18-game MVC schedule with 4.9 assists-per-game, while sitting in sixth in the league with a 15.8 ppg average.

Johnson, who has a 3.96 GPA in biology, has played in 25 games for the Sycamores, posting a season-best seven against Southern Illinois.

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