June 16, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Army rising senior Krishawn Tillett was honored with the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award, the conference office announced Monday. Tillett earned the league's women's award, while American's Darius Gardner received the men's citation.
"Krishawn is a special young lady who has shown tremendous determination in coming back from multiple serious injuries," said Army head women's basketball coach Dave Magarity. "Her attitude and the positive example she sets every day is incredible."
After missing Army's first 10 games of the 2013-14 campaign due to injury, Tillett made her season debut in the Black Knights' final nonconference contest against Staten Island on Dec. 29. The Fontana, Calif., native scored three points in four minutes in the contest before breaking out with a career performance in Army's 75-63 win over Bucknell on Feb. 15.
Tillett posted career highs of 10 points, four field goals and two three-pointers during 15 minutes against the Bison, shooting 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. The victory proved crucial, as it began a 5-1 stretch over Army's final six games of the regular season.
Tillett played impactful roles down the stretch as well, scoring four points in Army's Patriot League Quarterfinal win over Boston University on Feb. 26 before finishing with seven points in the conference championship win over Holy Cross on March 15.
The Black Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history, drawing a No. 13 seed and facing No. 4 Maryland in College Park, Md., on March 23. Previously, only the 2005-06 Army women's basketball team had appeared in the Division I NCAA Tournament.
Tillett and Gardner will be forwarded to the NCAA to be considered for the national sportsmanship honor.