Husky Women Hand Out Awards At Season-End Banquet

April 21, 2005

SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball announced its team awards at the season-end banquet held Thursday evening at the Don James Center on the UW campus, with junior guard Kayla Burt taking home four honors that included joining sophomores Cameo Hicks and Maggie O'Hara as this year's Big Dawg award recipients.

The Big Dawg award is based on a season-long tally for on-court performance. In her first year back playing Div. I college basketball after suffering a cardiac arrest on New Year's Eve, 2002, Burt led the Huskies averaging 9.6 points, 2.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. Hicks, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention honoree, finished right behind Burt with 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. O'Hara, who provided Washington with aggressive play on both ends of the floor, averaged 3.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Burt was named the team's Most Inspirational Player for the second time in three seasons, after garnering the honor in 2003. She was selected as the Lion's Club Assists leader, and joined fellow co-captain Kristen O'Neill as the two Coaches Award winners. O'Neill, also coming back after missing last season due to injury, was the only Husky to start all 30 games and averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Burt was also recognized for winning the fifth annual V Foundation Comeback of the Year Award, given annually by The V Foundation for Cancer Research in collaboration with ESPN. The national honor is awarded to a male or female collegiate basketball student-athlete who has accomplished a personal triumph in the face of true adversity. V Foundation CEO Nick Valvano will present Burt with the award at a Husky women's basketball game next season.

Freshman sparkplug Emily Florence earned the KKNW AM 1150 Outstanding Defensive Player Award. Florence made a team-high 50 steals and finished the year ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with 1.67 steals per game. She was one of two freshmen among the Top-10 conference leaders, second only to Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins who finished fourth in the league with 2.43 steals.

Junior guard Nicole Castro was a two-time honoree, garnering the 101 Scholar Athlete Award and the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award. Castro, who is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection, has a 3.39 grade point average and is majoring in English. She came off the bench in 24 games for the Huskies in 2005.

Most Improved Player honors went to freshman forward Andrea Plouffe. Plouffe played in 22 games, and shot 44.4 percent from the field (12-for-27) and 57.9 percent from the line (11-for-19). Plouffe came on strong late in the season, grabbing a season-high seven rebounds versus Oregon (Feb. 12) and scoring season-high seven points in UW's Pac-10 Tournament game with Oregon State (March 4).

2004-05 Washington Women's Basketball Team Awards
Big Dawg Award: Kayla Burt, Cameo Hicks, Maggie O'Hara
KKNW AM 1150 Outstanding Defensive Player: Emily Florence
Most Inspirational Player: Kayla Burt
Most Improved Player: Andrea Plouffe
Coaches Award: Kayla Burt, Kristen O'Neill
Lion's Club Assists Leader: Kayla Burt
Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award: Nicole Castro
101 Scholar Athlete Award: Nicole Castro

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