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Tugce Canitez of Westmont
Women's Basketball - Tue, Apr. 9, 2013

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:
 

  • First in career scoring average – 20.3 points per game.
  • First in career free throws made – 423.
  • First in career rebounds – 783 points.
  • First in career rebound average – 11.5 per game.
  • First in career defensive rebounds – 541.
  • First in career defensive rebound average – 8.0 per game.
  • First in career offensive rebound average – 3.6 per game.
  • Second in offensive rebounds – 242.
  • Third in career scoring – 1,383 points per game.
  • Third in field goal percentage – .527.
  • First and second in single season scoring:
    • 689 in 2012-13
    • 669 in 2011-12
  • First and second in single season scoring average:
  • 21.5 points per game in 2012-13
  • 19.1 points per game in 2011-12
  • 234 in 2012-13
  • 221 in 2011-12
  • 231 in 2012-13
  • 185 in 2011-12
  • 395 in 2012-13
  • 368 in 2011-12
  • 12.3 per game in 2012-13
  • 10.5 per game in 2011-12
  • 291 in 2012-13
  • 238 in 2011-12
  • 9.1 per game in 2012-13
  • 6.8 per game in 2011-12
  • First and second in single season field goals:
  • First and second in single season free throws made:
  • First and second in single season rebounds:
  • First and second in single season rebound average:
  • First and second in single season defensive rebounds:
  • First and second in single season defensive rebound average:
  • First in offensive rebounds – 130 in 2011-12