June 19, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - While former Tulane women's basketball student-athlete Katye Magee's time in a Green Wave uniform concluded following the team's trip to the WNIT back in March, the native of Ellisville, Mississippi, reaped the rewards of her hard work both on the court and in the classroom by receiving one of 15 Conference USA Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarships.
A three-year letterwinner on the hardwood where she appeared in 72 career games and amassed 139 points, 43 rebounds, 17 assists, 16 steals and a pair of blocks off the bench, Magee is one of 15 individuals around the league to earn the annual award, Magee earned C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane 3.0 Club recognition all four years as an undergrad. She completed her degree in public health in May.
"This is a very deserving honor for Katye," Tulane head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton said. "She is a student-athlete in every sense of the word. It was a pleasure coaching Katye during her playing career and I've known for a long time that she will go on to great things in her professional career. I couldn't be happier for her and am happy that she will get financial assistance in pursuing her career courtesy of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship."
Conference USA annually presents the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors. This is the ninth overall year that C-USA has given out the award and the sixth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008.
One of the top sharp-shooters on the roster during her playing career, Magee connected at a .311 clip from beyond the 3-point line for her career (37-of-119). She finished second on the team in 3-point percentage (.321) and fourth in 3-point baskets (17) in 2011-12, and ranked third on the squad in 3-point percentage in both 2012-13 (.320) and 2013-14 (.293).
Magee played in 16 games as a sophomore and saws action in 27 last season. In 2013-14 campaign, she finished fifth on the team with 12 3-point baskets while averaging 1.7 points and 0.6 rebounds per game.
She is the first Tulane basketball player - men's or women's - to earn the C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship. In the award's first year, track and field standout Brianne Darragh earned the scholarship in 2006. From there, Jessica Traver and Megan Weinlein claimed the award in 2007 and 2008, respectively, followed by volleyball All-American Jen Linder in 2009, football letterman Adam Podet in 2010 and volleyball player Amaris Genemaras in 2011. The previous two seasons, a Green Wave track and field member claimed the scholarship as Michael Mainguy did so in 2012 while Candice St. Etienne followed suite last year.
2014 JIM CASTAÑEDA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Coye Still, Men's Track & Field, Charlotte
Joran Vliegen, Men's Tennis, East Carolina
LaShae White, Track & Field, FIU
Kayla DeSuza, Women's Golf, Florida Atlantic
Travis Wilmore, Men's Golf, Louisiana Tech
Laura Der, Volleyball, Marshall
Laken Leonard, Women's Basketball, Middle Tennessee
Lauren Poole, Softball, North Texas
Chelsea Fong, Women's Swimming, Rice
MacKenzie Sher, Softball, Southern Miss
Kayte Magee, Women's Basketball, Tulane
Loren McDaniel, Women's Basketball, Tulsa
Ryan Prinzing, Baseball, UAB
Victoria "Tori" Martyn, Women's Soccer, UTEP
Brandon Guerrero, Football, UTSA