Women's Basketball Team Honors Five Players at Annual Awards Banquet

April 13, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The WNIT champion University of Oregon women's basketball team honored five players at its annual postseason banquet Saturday evening at the Eugene Hilton before a crowd of more than 400.

Teammates voted sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld (Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington HS) as the Ducks' Most Improved Player. Departing senior Edniesha Curry (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) garnered Oregon's Best Defensive Player honor. Freshman post player Andrea Bills (Moreno Valley, Calif./Moreno Valley HS) was tabbed as the Ducks' Most Valuable Newcomer while junior guard Alissa Edwards (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) was the team's Most Inspirational. For the second consecutive season, junior guard Kourtney Shreve (Albany, Ore./West Albany HS) earned the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award. And, for the second time since the award has been issued, the entire Ducks team was the MVP of the championship season.

Kraayeveld, who one year ago averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds as a freshman, led the team with 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots along with 10.2 points per game this year. A 6-foot-3 forward, she led Oregon with a 51 percent mark from the floor and also shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 74 percent from the foul line. She recorded 11 double-doubles, including the final five WNIT games.

Meanwhile, Curry was a relentless one-on-one defender who led Oregon with 1.9 steals per game. She also finished third on the team with 9.8 points and dished out 3.3 assists per game en route to Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition.

Bills, a 6-foot-3 center, led all Oregon freshmen with averages of 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, which was second on the squad. She also shot 50 percent from the field - second on the Ducks - and was third with 25 blocked shots. For her efforts, she was chosen to the Pac-10's Honorable Mention All-Freshman team.

One of the steadiest players on the team, Edwards played in all 35 games, including seven starts. She averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 assists per game as well as ranked third with 29 steals.

Shreve, who had the best grade-point average on the team, saw action in 26 games and averaged 2.0 points and 0.9 assists per game.

The Ducks finished 22-13 last year, wrapped up their season winning the WNIT title and claimed victories in seven of their final eight games.

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