Indiana Women's Basketball Celebrates Season with Annual Team Banquet
April 14, 2009
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
Big Dog Player of the Year: Amber Jackson
General Award: Jamie Braun
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Andrea McGuirt
Most Improved Player: Whitney Lindsay
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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