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Blue Devils earn several All-Conference awards

Release Date: February 26, 2014

bballawards.jpgLTU basketball players winning WHAC individual honors are (L-R) Allison Kitchen, Jackie Hood, Jake Mullin, Christina Nagle, Jay Redman, and Brenda Davis.

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) has tabulated the coaches’ votes, and several basketball players from Lawrence Technological University have been recognized for excellence on and off the court. The LTU men’s basketball team picked up two awards, while the Lady Blue Devils earned five.

Guard Jake Mullin is the first All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree in the two-year existence of the men’s program. Mullin, a 29-game starter, led the Blue Devils in scoring with 13.4 points per game – 15th best in the WHAC. He scored in double figures in 18 games, including five 20-plus performances. Mullin ends the season ranked 22nd in the country for three-pointers made and 34th in three-point percentage – both in the top three for the WHAC.

Jay Redman was named to the WHAC Champions of Character Team that recognizes student-athletes who exemplify the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) five core values – respect, responsibly, sportsmanship, servant leadership, and integrity. On the court, Redman was a team captain and 26-game starter; off the court, he is a business administration major who serves as a first-year mentor and student ambassador.

For the Lady Blue Devils, guard Allison Kitchen earned a spot on the All-Conference Newcomer Team – awarded to five athletes new to the WHAC Conference. A quiet leader, Kitchen was also tabbed for the Champions of Character Team. The true freshmen finished the season averaging 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, including ten double-digits games and a career-high 26 points against rival University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The Lady Blue Devils had three All-Academic student-athletes who are juniors and seniors with a 3.25 GPA or higher, Brenda Davis, Jackie Hood and Christina Nagle. Psychology majors Davis and Hood are seniors who are expected to become the first graduates from the women’s basketball program this summer. Since Nagle missed a season for medical reasons, she still has two years of eligibility.