Nevada Wolf Pack women’s basketball player Tahnee Robinson has been named the 2010-11 Ruth I. Russell Award winner as the school’s top female student-athlete, Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced Monday.
Football player Colin Kaepernick has also been named the Pack’s Doc Martie Award winner as the top male senior athlete for the past athletic year.
“I can’t think of two more deserving recipients of our athletics department’s most prestigious awards than Colin Kaepernick and Tahnee Robinson,” Groth said. “Both student-athletes turned in outstanding athletics career, making their mark in the school record books and bringing national prestige to the University of Nevada. They have excelled in competition, the classroom and the community and are truly great representatives of what student-athletes should be.”
Doc Martie is a former Nevada men’s basketball coach and administrator and Ruth I. Russell is a former director of women’s athletics. Student-athletes are nominated by their head coaches and must be in their final year of eligibility and in good academic standing. The award winners are chosen in a vote by the athletics department staff.
A guard from Fort Washakie, Wyo., Robinson became one of the top women’s basketball players in Pack history. She led Nevada to the best season in school history with a 22-11 record and a second-round appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in 2010-11.
Robinson spent her senior season ranked in the top 15 in the nation in scoring, ending the year ranked ninth with 22.1 points per game average. She was also named one of five finalists for the Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. A two-time first-team All-WAC honoree, she was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Region 7 selection and ranked in the nation’s top 20 for three-pointers per game and three-point percentage in 2011.
Robinson, the 2009-10 WAC Newcomer of the Year, ranks second in all-time career three-pointers made at Nevada and in three-point percentage. Robinson became the first player in school history to be selected in the WNBA Draft in the third round. She was taken by the Phoenix Suns and traded to the Connecticut Sun.
“Tahee has been a true ambassador for the university, the city of Reno and Native Americans across the country,” Pack women;s basketball coach Jane Albright said. “She was the team captain and MVP and led us to the best season in the history of our program. Her influence will continue as she begins her professional career, but she will always be a member of our Pack.”