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Martha Alwal - Mississippi State
3/20/1993 12:00:00 AM
Three-time All-SEC PICK also was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team the final three years of her career, including SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. First player ever to lead SEC in blocks four straight years; 1 of 3 in SEC history (LSU’s S.Fowles, Fla.’s V.Hayden) to record 1,000 pts, 1,000 rebs, 300 blocks. Finished career as SEC’s active leader in blocks rebs, and double-doubles (35); ranks No. 1, 2, and 9, respectively, on MSU career lists for blocks, rebounds, points … 2014-15: Missed first 5 games following back surgery but returned to earn Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Team honors. Shot personal-best 54.3% from the floor. Paced conference in blocks and started final 13 games, avg’ 12.2 pts, 7.5 rebs, 2.7 blocks in that stretch … 2013-14: First Team All-SEC (Coaches, AP) and SEC Co-Def. POY after pacing conf. in blocks, ranking 2nd in boards (breaking MSU’s season mark that had stood for 30 years) , 12th in scoring. Also tied school’s season block mark of 97 set by 2010 first round WNBA draft pick (Atl.) Chanel Mokango) … 2012-13: 2nd Team All-SEC pick led conf. in double-doubles, rebounding, and blocks and avg’d a double-double in league play ( 12.6p, 10r) … 2011-12: SEC All-Freshman … NOTEABLE: Parents Opothy and Abella Omot fled Sudan for a refugee camp in Kenya a few years prior to her birth. Father came to America to work, eventually bringing Abella and son from Kenya. Martha was born not long after.