Kelli Spencer Named Pepperdine Student-Athlete of the Month for November
Dec. 10, 2003
MALIBU, CA -- Kelli Spencer, a junior women's basketball player, was named Pepperdine Student-Athlete of the Month for November, Director of Athletics, Dr. John Watson, announced today. While Spencer faced tough competition from many athletes, her above average academic and athletic success surpassed all other competitors.
The Pepperdine Student Athlete-of-the-Month showcases an athlete who has demonstrated excellence both on the court and in the classroom. Athletic administrators at the University choose the award.
A sports medicine major from Oregon City, Oregon, Spencer balances a full academic course with a very demanding women's basketball schedule. She carries an outstanding 3.9 GPA at one of the most challenging schools in the country.
"Kelli is an amazing athlete and student," said Watson. "She earned the highest GPA last year out of all the basketball players, men and women, in the West Coast Conference. She is a leader in every area of her life and we couldn't be more proud of her."
Spencer recorded a productive month where she led her team in scoring with 11.6 points and in free throw shooting after completing 89.0 percent of her shots. She tallied a career-high 22 points against No. 19 Oklahoma. For her efforts, Spencer was named all-tournament at the 2003 Yellowbook Turkey Shootout.
The Pepperdine Student-Athlete of the Month award is chosen by athletic administrators at the university. Past winners include: Sean Rooney (men's volleyball), Carolina Llano (women's golf), and Jesse Smith (water polo). Rooney earned the first accolade after competiting for Team USA this past summer in Korea, Llano accounted for a hole-in-one and earned a national ranking of No. 1 golfer in the nation during September and Smith became the first ever Pepperdine athlete to garner NCAA Player of the Week honors.