Tullius Named C-USA Offensive Player of the Year
Nov. 6, 2007
After turning in a sensational senior season, UTEP forward Jami Tullius has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. The native of El Paso was presented with the award at a banquet on the eve of the C-USA Championship.
Tullius becomes the first player in program history to be so honored with the award, but she was not the only Miner to be recognized Tuesday evening. Tameka Sumter was voted to the all-conference second team, while Lauren Hamson garnered placement on the all-freshman squad.
It marks the 10th straight season that the Miners have had at least one all-conference performer and the second consecutive with at least one member on the all-freshman team.
Tullius had a banner campaign, leading UTEP's prolific offense with 12 goals and eight assists for 32 point. The 32 points paced C-USA, with the next closest player, Sumter checking in at 25
Her total of 12 goals also led C-USA. Tullius managed to find time to be a playmaker too, registering eight assists to place third in the league.
Tullius was especially impressive in Conference USA games. In nine league tilts, she racked up 20 players. The next closest player only tallied 15. Tullius did so with eight goals, two better than the No. 2 scorer, and shared the league lead with four helpers.
It is fitting recognition for Tullius, who already owns almost every offensive record at UTEP. Entering the league tournament, Tullius' career numbers are simply incredible. She is the only player in program history to top the 100-point barrier (110 points) and holds the school standard for goals (46), game-winning goals (11), shots (248) and shots on goal (139). She ranks fourth all time with 18 assists and is second in games played (82) and games started (82).
Sumter had another tremendous year, scoring 10 goals to go along with five assists for 25 points. The 25 points placed her second in Conference USA, behind Tullius, while the goals ranked her tied for third. In C-USA games only, Sumter was more of a playmaker as teams focused on shutting her down. She created opportunities for her teammates, recording three helpers to check in tied for sixth among all players.
Only a sophomore, Sumter already ranks seventh all time in school history with 23 goals while placing tied for ninth with 54 points.
Hamson played a crucial role in UTEP's offense this year, scoring five goals and registering four assists to rack up 14 points and rank fourth on the squad. She was at her best in league play, with four of those tallies coming in conference games. That figure placed the freshman tied for seventh. She also had a six-point game at Houston, which tied as the single-game high for points in league play by all players this year.
The Miners will be in action against Colorado College in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The tournament is slated to run from Wednesday thru Sunday, with all of the matches being held at UTEP's University Field.