Women's Hoops Hands Out Team Awards At Season-End Banquet

April 20, 2007

SEATTLE -- Washington women's basketball announced its team awards at the season-end banquet held at the Conibear Shellhouse on the UW campus, Friday evening. Junior point guard Emily Florence headlined the award-winners, taking home Outstanding Defensive Player honors for the third straight season in addition to receiving the Most Improved Player and the Lion's Club Assists awards.

Other Husky honorees included senior guards Erica Schelly and Cameo Hicks. Schelly received the 101 Scholar Athlete Award and the Kayla Burt Most Inspirational Award. Hicks was the recipient of the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award. Schelly and Hicks were also recognized for their efforts as team captains for the 2006-07 season.

Florence, the Huskies' offensive catalyst and defensive sparkplug, led Washington in assists (122) and steals (68), and shared top rebounding numbers with Hicks (5.2 rpg). She finished the season leading the Pac-10 in steals per game (2.19), and ranked second in the league in assist-turnover ratio (2.49) and sixth in assists per game (3.4). Florence, one of two Huskies to start every game this season, also averaged 5.4 points. This year marks the third-straight season Florence has received Outstanding Defensive Player honors. She received Lion's Club Assists award for the second-straight year as well.

Schelly was the other Husky to take home multiple honors, receiving the team's Most Inspirational Award named for former teammate Kayla Burt after the 2002-03 season. Schelly was also honored for her academic accomplishments with the 101 Scholar Athlete Award after earning Pac-10 All-Academic second-team acclaim with a 3.61 cumulative grade point average and a double major in English and education.

Hicks was recognized for her outstanding community service efforts as a Husky. She is a two-year president of the Washington Student Athlete Advisory Council, overseeing and participating in many community service events. Hicks has done volunteer work at Katherine's Place (transitional housing for homeless children in Seattle), Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital, as well as serving as a team captain for the 2006 American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Washington also recognized its seven-woman senior class: Jill Bell, Cheri Craddock, Hicks, Angie Jones, Maggie O'Hara, Schelly and Breanne Watson.

2006-07 Washington Women's Basketball Team Awards
Outstanding Defensive Player:
Emily Florence
Most Inspirational Player: Erica Schelly
Most Improved Player: Emily Florence
Lion's Club Assists Leader: Emily Florence
101 Scholar Athlete Award: Erica Schelly
Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award: Cameo Hicks

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