Alex Anderson (left), Cody Cleveland (right)
Women’s basketball player Alex Anderson and wrestler Cody Cleveland were each named Southern Conference Athletes of the Month for December for their respective sports, the SoCon Office announced Monday.
Anderson, a senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., led the Lady Mocs to a 5-1 December record, including a victory over Alabama. She averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in the six contests.
Anderson scored 14 or more points in five of the six games and produced double-doubles against Alabama A&M and Miami of Ohio. She was selected the SoCon Player of the Week two times during the month and was a member of the Texas-San Antonio New Year’s All-Classic Team. She moved into sixth place on UTC’s career rebounding list and into ninth place on the career scoring list.
A sophomore from Tullahoma, Tenn., Cleveland produced a 9-2 record in December. After a 4-3 victory in the Mocs’ dual match against No. 8 Missouri, Cleveland earned a fourth-place finish at the prestigious Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill.
At the Midlands, the 141-pound wrestler competed in 10 matches over two days and forged an 8-2 mark. After dropping down to the consolation bracket, he wrestled his way back to the medal rounds and placed fourth. During the tournament, he registered a pin, two technical falls and two major decisions.
Cleveland’s finish helped the 10th-ranked Mocs finish seventh at the event. His performance also led to a national ranking of No. 16 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
The women’s basketball team returns to action Saturday to host SoCon foe Elon at 12:30 p.m. at The McKenzie Arena. The wrestlers will compete this weekend at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.