“For Renae to have a final season to remember is testament to her determination and drive,” said first-year OU head coach Matt Potter. “I'm sure she would be the first to thank the contribution of her teammates in accepting the awards. To be recognized around the conference by the other coaches speaks to her true endeavor, contribution and performances this fall. I am delighted for Renae.”
Cuellar leads the Sooners with 26 points from a team-high 12 goals, which ranks as the third-most in a single season in Oklahoma history. Her 13 points from six goals in eight Big 12 matches paces the conference.
Cuellar, who was selected to play with the Mexican National Team and wants to play in the World Cup, didn't know exactly what to expect when she made the move to Oklahoma. But she knew it would be different from the Pac-12 conference she had played in the previous three seasons.
“I think it has been a great change for me,” Cuellar said. “Obviously, a challenge as well. Just coming in and transferring in the summer and starting the season right away. But I think it's great to play against new teams. It's a nice change. When you play in a conference for so many years, you are kind of accustomed to who you are playing against. They know what you are doing. Coming in, it kind of throws off other teams. My style and just coming from a different conference and being a senior. It's a great change.”
Cuellar, said part of her success this year comes from the conference not being used to her style of play. She describes it as technical. Her coach said she just doesn't like to lose.
“I think, No. 1, Renee is a world-class player in her own right,” Potter said. “No. 2, she brings a competitiveness that is just relentless. She wants to win and she wants to win every day. That translates into the way she practices. That translates into the way she carries herself. Her standards are high. That sometimes upsets people. There is a reason she will have an opportunity to go represent her international team. It's for those reason. She is not willing to accept average. I firmly believe the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. It comes back to that work ethic and obviously she brings it every day.”
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