Women's Basketball Awards Banquet Honors Five Ducks

April 21, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team honored five players at its annual postseason awards banquet Saturday night at the Eugene Hilton before an estimated crowd of 500.

Teammates voted senior forward Angelina Wolvert (Camas, Wash./Mountain View HS) as the Ducks' Most Valuable Player. Sophomore guard Alissa Edwards (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) garnered two awards -- Oregon's Most Improved and Best Defensive. Freshman forward Cathrine Kraayeveld (Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington HS) was the team's Most Valuable Newcomer. Camber Ellingson (Baker City, Ore./Baker HS), a senior guard, received the Bev Smith Most Inspirational accolade while sophomore guard Kourtney Shreve (Albany, Ore./West Albany) earned the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wolvert led the Ducks with averages of 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. She closed the 2000-01 campaign with three straight double-doubles and ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a .543 field goal percentage. Wolvert, along with senior center Jenny Mowe, became the first Ducks drafted into the WNBA on Friday. The Portland Fire selected Mowe in the second round with the 20th pick while Wolvert went in the third round to the Cleveland Rockers, who had the 43rd pick.

Edwards, who played only 34 minutes the entire 1999-00 season, was third on the Ducks with 62 assists and second with a .346 mark from 3-point range playing at the point. She finished the year averaging 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. On the defensive end, Edwards ranked third on the team with 32 steals. She saw more court time than any Oregon player next to junior guard Jamie Craighead.

Kraayeveld averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in a reserve role. She shot 33 percent from 3-point territory and 81 percent from the free-throw line. In addition, she recorded six blocked shots and eight steals.

Ellingson established single-game career-highs for points (five), rebounds (two), assists (two) and minutes (nine) this season for the Ducks.

A starter in 22 games, Shreve was second on the team in free-throw percentage (.763) and fourth in assists (50). She also averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Oregon finished the 2000-01 year with a 17-12 overall and 10-8 record in Pac-10 play. The Ducks also advanced to their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, losing 89-82 in overtime to Big 10 champion Iowa in the first round.

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