Sullivan wins Little Sullivan Award


May 6, 2014

Lady Griz senior Jordan Sullivan, of Sidney, was named the female winner of the Montana AAU Little Sullivan Award Saturday night at a ceremony in Butte.

Josh Huestis, of Great Falls, who recently concluded his collegiate basketball career at Stanford, was named the male winner.

The Montana Little Sullivan Award has been given out since 1955 and is fashioned after the national AAU Sullivan Award. Winners are determined on the qualities of athletic excellence, leadership, character, sportsmanship and ideals of amateurism.

Sullivan is the first Griz athlete to win the Little Sullivan Award since Kroy Biermann in 2008 and the first female UM athlete since Mandy Morales in 2004.

Sullivan, who averaged 11.6 points her senior season and led the Lady Griz to the WNIT round of 32 and a record of 23-11, is the seventh Montana women's basketball player to earn the honor.

Lady Griz players won the award four straight years in the late 80s and early 90s -- Marti Leibenguth, 1988; Lisa McLeod, 1989; Jeanne McNulty, 1990; Shannon Cate, 1991 -- Skyla Sisco won in 1996 and Morales in 2004.

Sullivan, who has a 3.88 GPA as a marketing major, was voted second-team All-Big Sky Conference as a senior. Her 129 career games played are a Lady Griz program record.

Huestis, who finished his career as Stanford's career leader in blocked shots, averaged 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Cardinal, which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in March.

Former Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp was a finalist for the award, as was former Montana soccer player Maddey Frey.



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