Clarksville, Ark.-U of O senior basketball player Christie Shuffield was named Female Athlete of the Year at the athletic banquet held on April 30.
The Athlete of the Year award is given to a male and female student who excels athletically and academically and has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities. Shuffield, a three-time All-American Southwest Conference selection, led the Lady Eagles (19-7) to an ASC East Division co-championship this season while averaging 13.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She led the ASC in field goal percentage (.614) and blocked shots (2.8) for the second consecutive season. Shuffield ends her career at Ozarks as the fourth leading scorer (1,264) and rebounder (711). She holds ASC and U of O records in most blocks in a game (11), most blocks in a season (70), most career blocks (228) and highest career field goal percentage (.551). She is a three-time ASC All-Academic selection and received this year’s Hurie Award which is given to Ozarks’ top academic student. “Christie is an athlete that every coach dreams of having in their program,” said athletic director Jack Jones. “She has excelled in her academic endeavors and athletic pursuits. She is an excellent role model for our current and future athletes at Ozarks. She epitomizes the term student-athlete.”