Turiaf, Mathews Senior Athletes of Year

May 10, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - A pair of basketball All-Americans have been honored by Gonzaga University as the Bulldog Club Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

Men's basketball player Ronny Turiaf and women's standout Shannon Mathews were bestowed the 22nd annual awards.

Two others were honored as the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Joe Manning, a 4-year letterwinner for the cross country and track teams, and Christina Davis, a 4-year volleyball letterwinner received the scholar-athlete recognition.

Turiaf capped his senior season by leading Gonzaga's men's basketball team to a seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a number 10 ranking in the final Associated Press top 25 poll. Along the way he was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, was on the final ballot for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Award as the top player in the country and was named to the Bayer Senior Class All-America team as selected by sportscaster Dick Enberg to honor seniors who remain in school rather than leaving for the NBA. The native of Le Robert, Martinique, was a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 14 and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District 9 first-team pick, and was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection for the second straight season.

Turiaf's 1,723 points and 859 rebounds both rank fourth on the Gonzaga career charts, his 179 career blocked shots are second and his 643 free throws are the most in school history. He is a sport management major.

Shannon Mathews was tabbed the Bulldog Club Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Mathews helped lead Gonzaga's women's basketball team to just the second 14-0 record in West Coast Conference history this past season as the Bulldogs advanced to the WNIT for the second straight season. Gonzaga beat Brigham Young University in the first round prior to losing to eventual WNIT champion Southwest Missouri State University. She was named the WCC Player of the Year and became Gonzaga's inaugural All-American since joining the NCAA Division I ranks with an Associated Press honorable mention All-America nod.

The native of Riverside, Calif., leaves Gonzaga as the career leader in assists with 600 and ranking eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,312 points. The Bulldogs won 75 games in her four years and helped the Bulldogs earn their first national ranking in both the AP and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) polls. She was also named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine All-District VIII Academic Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with her 3.6 GPA in journalism.

Manning, from Ridgefield, Wash., carried a 3.87 GPA in journalism and was a two-time All-WCC Academic selection. He set the school record for 10,000 meters as a junior in 2004 and this past season finished ninth at the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championship.

Davis, who had her senior season cut short as a result of knee surgery, has a 3.84 GPA in public relations. The senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho., finished her career fourth in kills with 1,182 kills. She was on the President's List at Gonzaga all but one semester, was a two-time All-WCC Academic pick and this past academic year served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.



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