CHICKASHA – Drover seniors Paige Pulliam and Rashelle Carr were named All-Conference Honorable Mention for the 2013-14 season, the Sooner Athletic Conference released on Monday.
“We are happy for Rashelle and Paige,” Head Coach Jennifer Hayden said. “It is a nice honor for them.”
The players will be honored with their awards before their first SAC Tournament game at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma Baptist.
The SAC released All-Conference honors each season before the conference tournament begins. Conference coaches vote on the potential recipients.
Hayden describes both players as great examples of student-athletes as well as senior leaders on the team.
“They have both been team leaders for us this year and have done everything asked of them on the floor and in the classroom,” she said. “We will miss them next year.”
Pulliam is a four-year starter for the Drovers and the only player on the team to spend four years with the program.
As a key player, Pulliam is just 33 points away from joining the 1,000-Point Club at USAO, an honor just two other players in the program’s history have achieved. This season, she has scored 277 of those points and averages 12 points per game.
While she is second on the team in points and rebounds, she leads the team in assists with 65 and steals with 54.
Pulliam ranks second in the SAC in steals per game (2.35) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage. On the season, Pulliam sinks nearly 38 percent of her long-range shots.
In her career, she’s collected 353 rebounds, 215 assists and 160 steals.
This Pulliam’s first All-Conference honor for basketball, but she was named Academic All-Conference last season. Also for the 2012-13 season, Pulliam was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Furthermore, Pulliam was awarded USAO’s Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship both years she was eligible. The scholarship is awarded to just one male and one female athlete each year.
She is a biology senior from Newcastle and the daughter of Wes and Janice Pulliam.
Now in her second season with the Drovers, Carr has been a significant force on the team since joining the USAO squad.
Carr, a guard who transferred to USAO from Western Oklahoma State, leads the team in points and rebounds this season. To date, she has 286 points and collected 281 rebounds in the 2013-14 campaign.
Additionally, she’s second on the team in assists with 39 and steals with 45.
Carr recorded a double-double earlier this season against Bacone College. In that game, she had 16 points and 10 rebounds. She had a career-high 23 points in a February game against Southwestern Christian, USAO’s first postseason opponent.
Carr is 12th in the SAC in points per game with a 12.4 average.
For her USAO career, Carr claims 404 points, 167 rebounds, 57 assists and 57 steals.
This is also Carr’s first athletic All-Conference honor. She earned Academic All-Conference for the 2012-13 season.
Carr is a physical education senior from Duncan. She is the daughter of Ronnie Mayfield and Nancy Carr.