Women's Basketball Team Honors Four at Annual Banquet
April 11, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team honoredfour players at its annual postseason banquet Friday evening at McArthurCourt.
The event, attended by about 400 guests, was held on the McArthur Courtfloor in conjunction with the 25th year of the women competing in thehistoric arena.
Teammates voted senior guard Alissa Edwards (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS)as the Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player. She scored 5.8points and grabbed 3.0 rebounds per game and led the team with averages of3.3 assists and 1.7 steals. Edwards, who started all 28 games, also rankedsecond on the team with 28 3-pointers on 81 attempts (35 percent) en routeto Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors. Edwards also earned the BestDefensive Player distinction after her sophomore season in 2001.
Sophomore guard Amy Taylor (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) also reeled intwo awards. She was voted the Most Improved Player as well as the recipientof the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award. Taylor averaged 4.0 points, 1.2rebounds and 1.0 assists in a reserve role and shot 50 percent from thefloor and 37 percent from 3-point range. She scored 97 points this year,including three double-figure scoring games, compared to just 18 points asa freshman last year. Taylor, a pre-journalism major at UO, maintained a4.2 grade-point average in the winter term.
The Most Inspirational player was senior guard Kourtney Shreve (Albany,Ore./West Albany HS). A four-year letterwinner, Shreve averaged 1.4 pointsand 1.0 assists in 26 games for Oregon this past season. The previous twoyears, she had won the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award.
Last, teammates selected freshman post player Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon,Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman) as the Most Valuable Newcomer. Ganes co-led theteam in scoring with a 10.9 average and shot 47 percent from the floor, 40percent on 3-pointers and 79 percent on free throws. She played in all 28games, making 15 starts for the Ducks.
The Ducks finished 12-16 and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 Conference withan 8-10 record.