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    Indiana Women's Basketball Celebrates Season with Annual Team Banquet

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Whitney Thomas was named IU's Player of the Year at its annual team banquet on April 13
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Whitney Thomas was named IU's Player of the Year at its annual team banquet on April 13
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 14, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team held its annual team banquet on Monday, April 13 at the Bloomington Convention Center and handed out team awards, while honoring the senior class.

    The Hoosiers' season culminated in their third consecutive trip to the postseason and a 21-11 record, the most wins by an IU team since the 1997-98 season. Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack earned her 100th career victory and her first season with 20 wins as a head coach. Senior Whitney Thomas became the first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and rebounds, and 200 steals. Junior Jamie Braun also joined Indiana's 1,000-point club, and senior Kim Roberson became the Hoosiers' all-time steals leader.

    The awards portion of the evening opened with honoring eight Hoosiers who achieved a 3.0 grade point average and higher for the season. That group included Braun, freshman Sasha Chaplin, sophomore Jori Davis, freshman Lindsay Enterline, senior Amber Jackson, sophomore Andrea McGuirt, Roberson and senior Lydia Serfling.

     

     

    The staff also introduced four more letterwinners to the program as the freshmen class of Danilsa Andujar, Chaplin, Enterline and Ashlee Mells were honored with their first letter. Davis and McGuirt, along with fellow sophomore Whitney Lindsay earned their second letter, while Braun received the third of her career.

    Player Link of the Year: Whitney Thomas
    The Player Link of the Year award goes to the player who receives the most links from Coach Jack for showing the most effort, tenacity of purpose and drive during practice. Thomas won this year's award for her everyday effort and constant improvement during the season.

    Big Dog Player of the Year: Amber Jackson
    The Big Dog Player of the Year went to Jackson for her ability to step up in big games. During a five-game road swing, Jackson netted 110 points en route to receiving her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor. Throughout the season, it was Jackson who helped to push the Hoosiers through big games, as well as leading IU in scoring with 12.8 points per game and a field goal percentage of 51.5 percent.

    General Award: Jamie Braun
    Braun earned the General Award in her second season as the Hoosiers' starting point guard and general of the team. She has earned respect from her coaches and teammates and has turned into a proven leader for IU on and off the court.

    Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Andrea McGuirt

    Most Improved Player: Whitney Lindsay

    Captains Award: Whitney Thomas and Jori Davis (2008-09 Team Captains)

    Coaches Award: Sasha Chaplin

    Defensive Player of the Year: Kim Roberson

    Player of the Year: Whitney Thomas

    Phenomenal Woman of the Year: Darby McCarty, Smithville Telephone Company McCarty, president of Smithville Telephone Company and avid fan of IU Women's Basketball, serves on the Campaign Steering Committee - For the Glory of Old IU: The Campaign for IU Athletics, and has made a $250,000 capital contribution on behalf of Smithville to the program. McCarty is also a member of the Hoosiers' Phenomenal Women program and serves as a mentor and a friend to the team.

    The evening closed with a tribute to Indiana's four seniors - Jackson, Roberson, Serfling and Thomas.

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