MINERS

Azia Nicholson
8  Azia Nicholson

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Grand Prairie, Texas

High School:
James Bowie HS

Height:
5-5

Position:
D/MF

Experience:
3L

MINER NOTE: Ranked 10th all time at school for minutes played (5426); 2012 All-Region third team; 2012 All C-USA second team; 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Team; 2011 All-Region second team; 2011 All C-USA second team; 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first team; 2011 C-USA All-Academic second team; Three-time C-USA Academic honor roll member (2011, 2012 & 2013); Two-time C-USA Academic medal winner (2011 & 2012); 2011 All C-USA Freshman team.

2012 (JUNIOR): Second straight big-time season and was rightfully recognized with numerous postseason awards ... named All-Region (third team) and All C-USA (second team) while also securing C-USA All-Academic (second team) ... ranked second on team in both goals (six) and points (15) while tying for fifth in assists (three) ... paced the Miners and tied for fourth in C-USA with three game-winning goals ... also had a trio of match-winning assists ... earned a team-high 1779 minutes of playing time ... scored & then assisted on game-winner in 2-1 victory at Utah Valley (8/17) ... impressive ratio of goals to shots on target, with her six tallies requiring only 13 shots on goal ... showed off versatility by being used on defense when needed, marking the top players in the league ... member of the C-USA Academic Honor Roll (min. 3.0 GPA).

2011 (SOPHOMORE): Breakthrough season which earned her a multitude of postseason awards ... tabbed All-Region (second team) and All C-USA (second team)while also earning Capital One All-District squad (first team) and C-USA All-Academic (second team) accolades ... tied for fifth on the team in goals (four) and assists (three) ... a trio of her tallies were in league play, including a match winner at Southern Miss (10/2/11) ... accurate shooter who had a team-best (min. 10 SOG) 54.5 shots on goal percentage (12-of-22) ... started all 23 matches, logging the third-most minutes (1,984) of any Miner ... posted an assist in three consecutive contests midway through C-USA action ... logged 90+ minutes of playing time in 13 games ... voted to C-USA All-Academic second team ... earned a C-USA Academic Medal (min. 3.75 GPA) & spot on C-USA Academic Honor Roll.

2010 (FRESHMAN): One of five Miners to start every match of the year ... earned the third-most minutes (1,663) of playing time on the year ... logged 90+ minutes 15 times on the year ... play on defense helped hold opposition to one goal or less in 15 of 19 games ... overall UTEP allowed 22 goals, tying for the third-fewest single-season sum at the school ... recipient of the Conference USA academic medal (min. 3.75 GPA) & also landed on C-USA Academic Honor Roll.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Four-year varsity starter for Bowie High School under Jana Hammonds and former coach Lisa Castillo ... versatile player who played sweeper, center mid and as a forward ... served as team captain since sophomore season ... personal accolades include earning first-team All-District honors, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and MVP ... competed at the club level in the Lake Highland's Girl's Classic League since 2003 ... represented D'Feeters `93 the past four seasons, including serving as captain the past two years ... led team to the 2008 State Cup Championship and the Regional Finals, the 2009 LHGLC Grand Champions and Premier League Champions and to the 2010 Regional tournament ... maintained a 3.86 GPA, and is a member of the NHS, HOSA, PAL and Clinicals.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Elvin and Michelle Nicholson ...is a biology major ... has three younger sisters ... enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time ... born 10/18/92 (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

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