Cats Celebrate 2009-10 Season
April 9, 2010
Whyte, who was an All-Pac-10 selection and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was named the team's best defensive player as well as earning the Get Money Award with senior guard Ashley Frazier. The latter is an award created last season by head coach Niya Butts to honor the player or players who exemplify heart, toughness and competitiveness.
Lucet also took home two awards as she was selected for the Golden 'A' Award as well as the 'Polkey's Pride' Award. The Golden 'A' award is given to the player who is a good student, contributes to the success of the team and makes a significant contribution to team spirit and leadership.
Her second award was named after the late Shawntinice Polk, who was a three-time honorable mention all-America selection and 1st-team all-Pac-10 honoree while leading the Wildcats to a share of the 2004-05 Pac-10 title. The award is given to the player who personifies the qualities that Polk did during her three-year playing career: putting team before self, having a great heart, being able to overcome obstacles to achieve success on and off the court, and being an inspiration and great leader.
Junior forward Ify Ibekwe closed out the awards by being named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second-straight season. Ibekwe led the Pac-10 in rebounding for the second season running while also eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career. Ibekwe was also chosen the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in a vote conducted by media members.
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