Team Awards Announced (6-8-04)
June 8, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - Junior All-Big Ten selection Jenny DeMuth earned team Most Valuable Player recognition, highlighting the post-season honors as voted by her Indiana women's basketball teammates.
DeMuth turned in one of the best seasons ever for a Hoosier, scoring 532 points to become only the fifth Hoosier ever to score 500 points in a single season. Her 18.3 points per game were the fifth-highest mark in school history. She was the only player in the Big Ten ranking in the top five in the conference in both scoring (5th-18.3 ppg) and rebounding (5th-7.7 rpg) this year and was a two-time selection as Big Ten Player of the Week.
"Jenny had a tremendous year," Head Coach Kathi Bennett said. "She emerged as one of the better players in the Big Ten and really became our go-to player."
Although she did not compete in 2003-04, senior Jamie Gathing earned Most Valuable Teammate recognition as voted by her teammates. Gathing was sidelined after undergoing knee surgery following a preseason injury. A consummate team leader, Gathing is a candidate to earn a sixth year of eligibility, as she has missed two seasons due to injury hardship.
"The strength that Jamie has is amazing," Bennett said of Gathing. "She has been through so many injuries during her time here, but is still one of the most important players on the roster. Her toughness and positive outlook are an inspiration."
Freshman center Sarah McKay took home Most Improved Player recognition after becoming Indiana's freshman single-game and freshman single-season blocked shots record holder. McKay's 55 blocks were good for fifth place on IU's all-time single-season list for all players. She started the season by averaging 2.9 points per game over the first eight games, but averaged 7.0 points per game for the final 21 games.
"Sarah developed nicely as the season went on," Bennett said. "She had never seen this kind of competition and learned a lot during the early part of the season to eventually become a threat for us down on the block. She was really a difference-maker at the Big Ten Tournament and I'm excited about her as she continues to develop."
The winner of the team's Servanthood Award, Kullberg made her mark by working hard every minute she was on the court, in practice and in games. She missed six games during the non-conference portion of the schedule due to a knee injury, but maintained a team-first attitude despite seeing her role decrease in the following the injury.
"Kali battled through some injuries this season but still contributed," Bennett said. "She isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to get a loose ball or do the little things to help the team win."
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