WISE, Va. – Women's basketball senior guard Makenzie Cluesman and men's basketball redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus have been named Cavaliers of the Month for the second straight month, the UVa-Wise athletics department announced Wednesday afternoon. It is the third-straight month Badmus has earned Male Cavalier of the Month honors and second consecutive month Cluesman has been tabbed as Female Cavalier of the Month.
Cluesman earned the women's award by being named All-MEC First Team this past Monday for her performance during the 2016-17 season. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 14.3 points per game while adding 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in a month that saw the Cavs clinch the No. 3 seed in the 2017 Mountain East Conference Women's Basketball Tournament and secure the program's first 20-win season since the 2005-06 season.
The Jonesville, Va. native turned in a pair of double-doubles in the month beginning with a 16-point, 10-rebound showing against regular season MEC champion Glenville State College. The Lee High School graduate added a second double-double when she tallied 14 points and dished out 10 assists against West Virginia State.
Cluesman capped the month by draining five 3-pointers on senior day to establish a new single-season school record for made 3-pointers in a season with 84.
Badmus, a native of London, England, was named to the All-MEC Second Team this past Tuesday for his efforts during the regular season, scoring a total of 604 points and grabbing 281 rebounds. The redshirt junior had a tremendous February, averaging 22 points and 10.4 boards in eight games played, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. Badmus scored in double figures in each contest and posted a double-double four different times. He had five different games scoring 20 or more points and one 30-point game.
Playing an average of 33.4 minutes per contest for the month, Badmus was also outstanding on the defensive end where he averaged 1.9 steals in the eight games. The 6-foot-7 forward was named MEC Co-Player of the Week for his second weekly recognition by the conference office this season on Feb. 13. The accolade came after Badmus helped the Cavs knock off then 18th-ranked Wheeling Jesuit University on Feb. 9 with a double-double of 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Most recently, Badmus scored a game-high 32 points on 11-for-13 shooting and tallied 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the year. His efforts willing UVa-Wise to a 100-92 home victory over Concord University this past Saturday on Feb. 25 in a must-win situation for the Cavs to make postseason play and clinch a spot in the MEC Tournament.
The Cavalier men begin play at the 2017 MEC Tournament Wednesday with a first-round matchup against seventh-seeded Glenville State, tipoff from the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, is slated for 6 p.m. The Cavalier women take on sixth-seeded West Virginia State in the MEC Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
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