Courtney Johnson Named Women's Basketball MVP
April 11, 2001
BERKELEY - Senior guard Courtney Johnson, who became the first California women's basketball player to earn first team All-Pac-10 honors since 1995, was named team MVP at the annual banquet Wednesday night at H's Lordship's Restaurant.
Johnson, who also was named team MVP as a junior, concluded her Golden Bear career ranked 12th in school history for points with 1,077 and second in school and Pac-10 history with 286 steals. She led the Pac-10 in steals (3.18 spg) for consecutive years and ranked among the league's statistical leaders for scoring (6th, 15.2 ppg), assists (9th, 3.54 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (9th, 0.97). Her career-best 15.2 ppg average is the best by a Cal player since Patrycja Czepiec averaged 15.9 ppg in 1996-97.
Other awards issued included:
Most Improved - Genevieve Swedor
Best Defensive Player - Amber White
Most Inspirational - Becky Staubes and Luana Coloma
All-Cal Award - Lauren Ashbaugh and Brook Coulter
Saul Becker/Coaches Award - Courtney Johnson
Community Service Award - Michelle Wald
Swedor showed outstanding improvement from her junior to senior seasons, almost doubling her playing time from 7.8 mpg to 14.1 mpg and averaging career bests for points (3.8 ppg) and rebounds (3.0 rpg). The center posted a career-high 13 points in the Bears home victory over Oregon State.
White, a sophomore forward, continued to build her reputation as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10. A versatile player, White frequently was assigned to stop an opponent's top scorer. She swiped a career-best 30 steals this year.
Guards Staubes and Coloma are admired by their teammates for their enthusiasm for Cal basketball on and off the court. A tri-captain, Staubes started 14 games for the Bears as a senior after seeing limited action as a reserve her junior year. Coloma, who is a freshman walk-on, saw action in three games this season.
Forwards Ashbaugh and Coulter personify what it means to be Cal student-athlete. A tri-captain, Ashbaugh holds the distinction of having played in all 111 possible games of her Cal career. She averaged 7.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg as one of seven seniors on this year's Cal squad. After exhausting four years of volleyball eligibility, Coulter devoted her services to the Bears basketball team for her final year in school. The Bears were 7-5 in games she started.
A walk-on guard, Wald is the Bears most active player in the community, including with a couple of homeless charities. She saw action in 10 games as a sophomore in 2000-01.