BRYAN, Texas- Karla Gilbert was named Team MVP at the 2014 Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Banquet, held at the Brazos County Expo. Student-athletes, coaches and fans gathered to celebrate the squad’s 2013-14 season, which saw the Aggies post a 27-9 record and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Gilbert (College Station, Texas) was named Team MVP after posting 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 2013-14, and setting the Texas A&M single season record with 68 blocks. She averaged 14.0 points and shot 63.9 percent from the field from Jan. 26 to the end of the season, helping the Aggies to a 10-3 record from Feb. 9 until the end of the season.
Sophomore guard Jordan Jones (DeSoto, Texas) took home a pair of awards, earning Miss Hustle and Miss Defense. Jones was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14, forcing key turnovers late in games against LSU, South Carolina and Georgia that led to A&M victories. She finished the season fourth in the NCAA in assists and set the Texas A&M single season record with 261 assists.
Sophomore guard Courtney Walker (Edmond, Okla.) earned Miss Offense after leading the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Walker, who was selected to the All-SEC First Team, and became the eighth All-American in school history, helped the Aggies to the Elite Eight with 19.0 points per game during the NCAA Tournament, earning herself a spot on the All-Lincoln Regional Team.
Sophomore wing Courtney Williams (Houston, Texas) received the team’s Most Improved Award, after raising her scoring average by nearly eight points in 2013-14. Williams finished the season with 13.9 points per game, and earned Second Team All-SEC honors and All-Lincoln Regional honors.
Junior forward Achiri Ade (Baltimore, Md.) earned the Newcomer Award after averaging 6.9 points and 6.8 rebounds and making 28 starts for the Aggies. She ranked second during the SEC season in offensive rebounds, and posted four double doubles on the season, including a 21-point, 12-rebound performance against Alabama (Jan. 5).
Junior guard Tori Scott (Marrero, La.) earned the 6th Man Award, providing a spark off the bench for the Aggies. Scott averaged 6.9 points on the season, and had nine double figure scoring games, including two in the NCAA Tournament. Scott was featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Mar. 29 for a layup after receiving a 3/4-court pass from Jones on an inbound play during the Aggies Sweet 16 game.
Sophomore guard Chelsea Jennings (Ft. Worth, Texas) earned the team’s academic award. An architecture major, Jennings played in 31 games for the Aggies.
Seniors Kristen Grant (Arlington, Texas) and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Campo de Criptana, Spain) each earned the Miss Aggie Award. Grant’s teams went a combined 12-3 in the NCAA Tournament in her four years at A&M, winning the 2011 NCAA National Championship. Sanchez-Quintanar was a three-sport athlete at A&M, and was a member of NCAA Tournament squads that reached at least the Round of 16 in tennis, soccer and basketball.
The Season’s Greatest Fan Award was given posthumously to Noel Devin ’04, who worked closely with the women’s basketball program in the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Office. The award was renamed the Noel Devin Season’s Greatest Fan Award in her honor as well.