Providence, RI- The Brown women's basketball team recently held its annual season-ending banquet where five individuals were recognized and honored with various team awards.
Sophomore guard Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) received Brown's Most Valuable Player award, which is given to the player who has made the biggest impact of the overall play of the team. An Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection, Passafuime started in 27 of 28 games this past season and led the Bears in scoring with 9.3 points-per-game which ranked 16th in the Ivy League. She scored in double-figures nine times and led the team in scoring six. She earned All-Tournament team honors at both the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic and at the Hawk Classic.
Brown's Most Improved Player award went to rookie Caroline King (Valencia, PA). The award is given to the player who has shown the most improvement in her play over the course of the season. The winner must show dedication to practice and determination to achieve a new level of play. King competed in 27 games for Bruno this past season and averaged 10 minutes-per-game. She pulled down a season-high five rebounds against St. Joseph's University and Syracuse, and also had three steals against Long Island University.
Senior captain Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) had an outstanding senior campaign for the Bears and received both the Hustle Award and Defensive Spark award. Johnson led her squad in scoring 11 times and in rebounds five times and was second on the team in scoring with 8.1 points-per-game. She started in nine of 28 contests and shot 42 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line. Her 4.4 rebounds and 37 steals ranked second on the team and she was a winter Academic All-Ivy selection. She has received the team's Defensive Spark award three straight seasons, and has earned the Hustle Award three times.
The sixth player award was given to sophomore forward Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ). The award goes to the player who was a spark off the bench and took pride in her role and showed support for her teammates throughout the season. She was a consistent performer off the bench for the Bears and was third on the team in scoring with 7.0 points-per-game. She scored in double-figured seven times and led Bruno in scoring four times. A 75 percent free-throw shooter, Daniels shot 42 percent from the field and netted a career-high 22 points in a victory over Cornell and 17 in a win over CCSU.
Brown's final award, the Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award, which recognizes the player who has the greatest impact on overall team unity and is someone who sacrificed personal gain for the benefit of the team's goal, was given to senior point guard and captain Courtney Lee (Archer, FL). Last year's team MVP, Lee started in 27 of 28 games for the Bears. Her 107 career games played ranks third overall in Brown basketball history, and she led the team in steals with 1.4 per game. She led the team in rebounds three times this past season, which included 10 in a victory against Morgan State.
Pictured: Hannah Passafuime '12 (photo by dspics.net).