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Sabrina Goddard Receives University’s Top Honor

April 25, 2012
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Senior women's basketball player Sabrina Goddard was named the 2012 Hurie Award recipient Tuesday morning at the University of the Ozarks annual student awards convocation held in Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel.

Goddard, a biology major from Stroud, Okla., was a three-time All-Conference performer and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team last year. Goddard finished her four-year career ranked sixth in career points (1,350) and seventh in career rebounding (683) at Ozarks. She recorded 197 career blocked shots. Prior to the 2011-12 season, she was voted the American Southwest Conference Preseason Player of the Year. She was named the University’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2011. She was also named to the ASC All-Academic Team three times.

"It’s an amazing honor," Goddard said. "I’ve watched fellow students walk up and receive the Hurie Award in previous years and I’ve always thought what a great honor it was. It’s an extremely prestigious award and to be chosen is really humbling. I’m still in shock."

Goddard plans to attend medical school at the University of Oklahoma in the fall. She is the daughter of James and Martina Goddard of Stroud.

Goddard is one of five student-athletes to receive the Hurie Award since 2002. Kate Schoenhals (’08), Lindsey Turnbow (’05), Mandy Hock (’04) and Christie Shuffield (’02) each received the award.

Each year faculty members elect one graduating student to receive the Hurie Award, the highest honor an Ozarks student can receive. The award is named for Dr. Wiley Lin Hurie, who served as president of Ozarks from 1923 to 1949. The faculty members choose a graduate who has been an exemplary scholar, a campus leader, and a person of outstanding character.