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Golden Suns Signee Wins Jim Thorpe Award

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Caitlyn Spurgeon, who will be a freshman on the Arkansas Tech University women's basketball team during the 2012-13 season, has received the Jim Thorpe Award from the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) as the top high school girls' basketball player in Oklahoma during the 2011-12 season.

Spurgeon (photographed) received the award during the annual OCA All-State Games in Tulsa last weekend.

As a senior at Vinita High School, the 5-foot-9 Spurgeon averaged 21.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. She led Oklahoma's Class 4A in scoring.

Spurgeon led Vinita High School to four straight Oklahoma Class 4A State Tournament berths, including a state championship in 2009.

Vinita was 25-4 overall and a state semifinalist in 2011-12.

Spurgeon will join an Arkansas Tech women's basketball program that ranks among the top three in NCAA Division II history in all-time wins and all-time winning percentage.

The Golden Suns won two NAIA national championships (1992 and 1993) and they have reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight four times (1998, 1999, 2010, 2011). Tech has captured 22 regular season conference titles in the 35-year history of its women's basketball program.

Arkansas Tech was 22-4 overall and regular season champion of the Great American Conference in 2011-12.

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