CHICKASHA – For the second year in a row, Drover senior Paige Pulliam was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, an honor awarded to players with standout abilities in the classroom as in their sport.
Pulliam, a senior guard at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, is one of 128 players nationwide and one of just five in the state of Oklahoma to earn this honor in women’s basketball this year.
“It is such a great honor for Paige to receive again. We are very happy for her,” Head Coach Jennifer Hayden said. “She is certainly deserving of it as she works incredibly hard in the classroom and on the court.”
In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and must have achieved junior status.
As a biology senior with minors in chemistry and the liberal arts, Pulliam has maintained at 3.83 through four years at USAO. She is set to graduate in April.
On the floor, Pulliam has had an outstanding career. In the final game of her senior season, the guard hit 1,000 career points with the Drovers, coming in as one of only three female athletes in school history to achieve this milestone.
This season, she led the Drovers in total points with 310, assists with 68 and steals with 57. Additionally, she was second on the team in rebounding by just one board, collecting 132 on the season.
Pulliam ranked 21st in the NAIA in steals per game and in the top 30 in three-point field goal percentage, sinking nearly 39 percent of her long-range shots.
For her career, Pulliam is responsible for 1,000 points, 361 rebounds, 218 assists and 163 steals and played in more than 100 games in her four years with the Drovers.
This season, Pulliam was named All-Sooner Athletic Conference Honorable Mention. In addition to a 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor, she was named Academic All-Conference in 2013.
Pulliam is also a two-time recipient of USAO’s Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, earning the award each year she was eligible. The scholarship is awarded to just one male and one female athlete each year.
Pulliam is from Newcastle and is the daughter of Wes and Janice Pulliam.