Felicia Ragland Earns Bill Hayward Female Athlete Of The Year Honor

Feb. 25, 2002

Oregon State University guard Felicia Ragland was named the Bill Hayward Female Athlete of the Year for the state of Oregon on Sunday night, as was presented by the Portland Tribune and Nike.

The Hayward award is presented to the outstanding amateur athlete with a state of Oregon background - high school, college or by residency - whose accomplishments bring credit to the state.

Ragland, the 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, averaged 19.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Her .466 3-point field goal percentage ranked first in the Pac-10 while her 2.61 steals ranked second. The Tulare, CA native helped last year's Beaver squad earn their first postseason appearance since 1995-96 with a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Ragland capped off her junior season by earning District VIII All-America honors and became just the fifth OSU player to earn Kodak All-America accolades.

Ragland was honored at the Oregon Sports Awards program, which was held on the Nike World Campus in Beaverton. Bill Schonely served as the emcee and former NBA great Charles Barkley was the special guest. Award presenters included Mary Slaney, Jackie Stiles and Alberto Salazar.

An annual event from 1948 through 1997, the Oregon Sports Awards, became a showcase of recognition for the great talent that has lived or played in the state. The Portland Tribune revived the awards program last fall.

Previous Hayward Female Athlete of the Year winners include: Kelly Blair, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffany Milbrett, Leanne Peters, Tonya Harding, and Oregon State gymnast Chari Knight.

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