Tusculum University basketball forward Yolizma Cupidan has been named the Applebee's Female Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
Cupidan averaged 14.8 points per game and shot 54.3 percent from the field as Tusculum outscored the opposition in seven of its eight games during the month. The Ocoee, Florida native reached double figures in all eight contests, including a career-high 21 points which she set against Hiwassee on Feb. 6 and equaled against Carson-Newman on Feb. 20. Cupidan played all 40 minutes in four of the Pioneers' eight games, and was on the court for 278 of a possible 320 minutes in February.
Cupidan shot 50 percent or better from the field in six of eight games during the month, including 7-for-12 for 15 points at Mars Hill on Feb. 13 and 6-for-10 for 13 points at Queens on Feb. 9. Cupidan also had nine rebounds on three different occasions, with seven offensive boards against both Hiwassee and Mars Hill. Cupidan shot 11-for-20 from three-point range and also averaged 2.1 steals per game, with at least one steal in all eight contests.
For the season, Cupidan is averaging 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Pioneers. She ranks fourth in the South Atlantic Conference at 50.9 percent shooting from the field and ended February with a streak of 12 straight games in double figures.
The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2018-2019 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.