Women's Basketball Announces 2003-04 Team Awards
June 11, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University women's basketball coaching staff announced its 2003-04 team awards earlier this week.
For the second consecutive season, senior guard Leilani Estavan was awarded team Most Valuable Player honors. Estavan, an honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference pick, became Oregon State's all-time assist leader after making 121 dishes on the season. The Los Angeles, CA, native tallied 302 points on the year and became the only player in Oregon State history to score 1,000 points and record 500 assists.
Fellow senior Brina Chaney picked up the 'Tough as Nails' award, after recording the best season of her career, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and ranking second on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg.) and rebounding (5.6 rpg.). Chaney's 68 blocked shots on the season helped her shatter the Oregon State all-time record. The 6-5 post's 208 career swats rank as the fourth highest total in Pac-10 history.
Sophomore guard Mandy Close earned Most Inspirational honors, after starting 28 of Oregon State's 32 games on the season. Known as one of the top defenders on the squad, Close played nearly 27 minutes a game while averaging 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per outing. The Bozeman, MT, native's career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and five rebounds helped lead the Beavers to victory against No. 19 ranked Utah on Dec. 16.
Sophomore forward Karen Vickery was named Most Improved Player after nearly doubling all of her numbers from a year ago. Vickery saw action in 29 games - compared to just 13 as a freshman - and finished with 42 points and 45 rebounds. She finished with a career-high eight points against Washington State on Mar. 5.
For the third consecutive season, senior post Hollye Chapman earned the Academic Achievement honor, sharing the accolades with fellow front-court mate Chaney. Both players earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic recognition. Chapman finished the year as Oregon State's top rebounder (6.1 rpg.) and ranked third on the squad in scoring (10.5 ppg.), reaching double figures in eight of her last nine career games.
Oregon State finished the 2003-04 season with a 17-15 overall record and made its fourth consecutive postseason appearance with a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Beavers recorded a pair of postseason victories for the first time since 1982.
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