SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the second year in a row, Tugce Canitez has been named the NAIA Player of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. On Monday evening, Canitez received the award at the WBCA Awards Ceremony in New Orleans where she was accompanied by Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore.
The award adds to an already impressive list of honors Canitez received this year and last. Following the national championship game, Canitez was named the Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Year by the NAIA and the NAIA Women's Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player. The native of Izmir, Turkey was also named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team.
Named to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball First Team in both 2012 and 2013, Canitez was honored with the NAIA Player of the Week Award four out of a possible nine times this season.
Canitez, who played for the Turkish national team during the 2012 London Olympics, ranked second in the NAIA in scoring (21.64 points per game), third in rebounding (12.54 per game), third in double-doubles (23) and twelfth in field goal percentage (.537).
Canitez also repeated as the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was again honored as an All-GSAC selection.
Canitez' statistical accomplishments will stand in the Westmont record books for a long time to come. As of the end of the 2012-13 season, Canitez' name appears 19 times in the career records and 39 times in the single season records including: