Two UH student-athletes earn C-USA honors

June 14, 2008 8:10:48 PM PDT
University of Houston junior infielder Jimmy Cesario and senior guard Twiggy McIntyre received the 2007-08 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for their respective sports, Commissioner Britton Banowsky recently announced.C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement, athletics achievement and service and approved by the conference's board of directors.

The Cougars were one of six teams that had multiple student-athletes selected, joining Rice, SMU, Tulsa, UTEP and East Carolina.

Cesario has been a consistent offensive force for the Cougars' baseball team during his two-year career, regularly hitting in the heart of the UH lineup. In 2008, he batted .326 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs, despite missing 10 games midway through the season with a wrist injury.

Although he struggled at times early, Cesario emerged as a team leader down the stretch as the Cougars captured the 2008 C-USA Tournament championship ? the team's first since 2000 -? and pushed No. 9 Texas A&M to the championship game of the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional.

He was one of only two players to be named to both the C-USA Tournament and NCAA College Station Regional All-Tournament Teams.

In addition to his athletics achievements, the Metairie, La., native was exemplary in the classroom. He was a two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the C-USA Baseball All-Academic Team, while maintaining a 3.55 grade-point average in psychology.

McIntyre, who carried a 3.71 GPA in her exercise science major, earned the top award for C-USA women's basketball players.

She was a First-Team All-Conference USA selection and also earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic squad for women's basketball.

McIntyre, who spent the first three years of her collegiate career at Kansas State, was named ESPN The Magazine First-Team All-District 6, the only honoree from C-USA. She was UH's leading scorer (15.0 ppg) and led C-USA in free-throw percentage, knocking down 85.8 percent of her attempts.

She also led the league in three-pointers made per game (2.42) and won C-USA Player of the Week accolades twice.

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