WASHINGTON, DC – The 2017 HBCU Awards were held on Friday night at the Gallup Building in Washington, DC and the Hampton women’s basketball team earned one award as Malia Tate-DeFreitas was named Female Athlete of the Year.

In her three-plus seasons at Hampton, Tate-DeFreitas has earned MEAC Rookie of the Year honors her freshman year, before being named the MEAC Player of the Year in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She scored her first point at Hampton on Nov. 10, 2013 and the rest is history.


She went on to score her 1,000th career point on Jan. 26, 2015, as a sophomore, when she scored 37 points against South Carolina State, becoming the 27th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. On Nov. 16 of this season, she scored 16 points to make her Hampton’s Div. I all-time leading scorer with 1,982 points.

It only took her two more games to pass the 2,000-point mark when she scored 28 points against St. Peter’s on Nov. 21. She is only the second player in Hampton women’s basketball history to score over 2,000 career points and ended with 2.214 points.

The HBCU Awards were the finale to the 2017 HBCU Executive Media Training Institute held July 13-14. The Institute is designed to engage the national HBCU community in media literacy and development and will provide best practices in media culture building for HBCU communities from around the nation.

Winners were crowned in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement. They were selected from more than 175 nominations by HBCU’s across the country and presented by HBCU Digest.

Courtesy: Hampton Athletics

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