Indiana State basketball junior guards Lucas Eitel and Anna Munn have been named November’s Sycamore Scholar-Athletes of the Month, sponsored by State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant.
Eitel, who boasts a 3.62 grade point average in Mathematics Education, had a stellar November, averaging 9.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He capped off the month as a recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Of The Week. The Marshall, Illinois, native was November’s MVC and the NCAA leader in 3-point field goal percentage as he drained 14-of-19 attempts (73.7 percent) and was 16-of-21 from the field (76.2 percent). He added six assists, one blocked shot and two steals. Eitel thrilled fans when he scored a career-high 25 points against High Point on Nov. 25th going a perfect 9-of-9 from the field, including a school-record 7-of-7 from 3-point range in the contest, which also tied a school record for most consecutive 3-pointers hit in a game. Eitel also tied the school standard for most consecutive 3-pointers made in multiple games (eight) by making his final attempt at Ball State prior to the High Point contest. He scored six points against No. 13 UCLA, Truman State and at Ball State while adding three against Winthrop and was a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range in the season opener at UCLA.
Munn, who hails from Indianapolis, carries a 3.74 grade point average in P.E. Exercise Science. She currently leads the Indiana State women’s basketball team in scoring at 16.4 points per game, a mark that ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference. She helped the Sycamores post a 4-2 overall record in November and the team’s 6-2 overall record ranks atop of league standings. Munn scored at least 10 points in each of the first six games this season, becoming the first Sycamore since in 2005-06 to start a season with six-straight double-digit scoring efforts. She put together back-to-back strong shooting efforts to end the month, going 6-for-11 from three-point range and scoring a season-high 19 points against Belmont on Nov. 25, before knocking down the game-winning shot at Saint Louis on Nov. 29, ISU’s first road victory of the season.
Created in September 2012, the Sycamore Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award, sponsored by State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant, will be presented each month (September through April) to a male and female student-athlete who has excelled in academics, athletics and leadership. The program is designed to recognize Sycamore student-athletes for being positive role models for Indiana State University and to motivate and encourage excellence.
Student-athletes are nominated based on the following criteria:
Academic Excellence. To be eligible for nomination, the student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Athletic Excellence. The student-athlete has competed to the best of his/her ability throughout the month and exemplified great effort and tenacity during practice and competition.
Involvement. The student-athlete must show leadership in and out of competition, participate in community service and applicable SAAC and life skills programming as well as show Sycamore spirit by supporting other teams and sporting events.
State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant, 2001 Poplar Avenue, Terre Haute, (812) 232-0758, www.sandyjbryant.com.