Women's Basketball 2001-02 Team Awards Announced
June 6, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University women's basketball coaching staff announced it's 2001-02 team awards earlier this week.
Senior guard Felicia Ragland earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading the squad in scoring (19.9 ppg.), rebounding (6.6 rpg.) and steals (79). Ragland earned first team All-Pacific-10 Conference accolades for the third time in her career and became the first Oregon State women's basketball player drafted by the Women's National Basketball Association when she was selected in the second round by the Seattle Storm. Ragland finished her illustrious Beaver career ranked in the top 10 in 14 OSU career statistical categories.
Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan reined in the 'Tough as Nails' award after leading the squad in assists (174) and ranking first in the Pac-10 for assist-turnover ratio with a 2.32 mark. The Los Angeles, CA native was third on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg.) and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades.
Freshman guard Juleen Smith earned Most Improved honors as the 5-5 speedster came on strong in the latter half of the year. Smith started 14 consecutive games to close out the season and averaged a team-best 20 points and 8.5 rebounds at the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament. She garnered the OSU Freshman Newcomer of the Year award at Tuesday night's Bennys Banquet.
First-year senior post Jenni Jodoin received the Spirit Award for her efforts on the court and the sideline. Jodoin, the starting first baseman on the NCAA Tournament qualifying Beaver softball squad, appeared in 15 games for the basketball team, knocking down 4-of-8 shots and 7-of-9 free throws.
Sophomore post Hollye Chapman earned the Academic Achievement honor, boasting a team-best 3.52 GPA. Chapman ranked second on the squad in scoring (9.5 ppg.) and third in rebounding (5.3 rpg.). Her .485 field goal percentage led all players.
Oregon State concluded the 2001-02 season with a 17-15 overall record and made its second consecutive appearance in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Beavers finished in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 with an 11-7 record - the team's best finish since the 1995-96 campaign.