HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University Athletics handed out its top departmental awards at the program's annual banquet held on campus, April 25, where senior Dawn Evans was named the Female Athlete of the Year.
A native of Clarksville, Tenn., Evans ranked third in the nation in scoring (23.1 ppg) during the 2010-11 season. The Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year ended her collegiate career as both the leading all-time scorer at JMU and in the Colonial Athletic Association with 2,667 points. She was named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Women's Basketball Coaches Association State Farm All-America Honorable Mention. The senior led the Dukes to a 26-8 record, including a 16-2 mark in the CAA, while guiding JMU to the CAA Tournament title and to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. She earned State Player of the Year honors from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Sports Information Directors Association. She led her team to its second consecutive CAA championship and NCAA Tournament appearance and was selected the tournament Most Outstanding Player at the CAA Tournament for the second year in a row. She also received the prestigious V Foundation Comeback Award for her battle with focal segmental glumerosclerosis.
In other major awards, CJ Sapong (soccer) was named the Male Athlete of the Year, while senior Lindsay Callahan (volleyball) and junior Dixon Wright (football) were voted the program's Gary '81 & Fredericka (Cookie) McCollum Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year.Additional Finalists for the JMU Athletic Department Annual Awards