PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's basketball team recognized seven student-athletes for their contributions to the program in the team's annual awards banquet on Tuesday at the Brown Faculty Club.
Co-captain Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) garnered the Kim Chace Most Valuable Player Award as Brown's leading scorer with 15.9 points per game, an average that ranked second in the Ivy League last season. Clarke, a two-time Second Team All-Ivy selection, set the program record for career three-point field goals made and ranks seventh on the Brown all-time scoring list with 1,304 points. In 2013-14, Clarke reached double figures in scoring in 25-of-28 games while shooting 40.5-percent from field.
Sophomore Ellise Sharpe (Tipp City, Ohio) was named the team's Most Valuable Defender after recording a career high 24 steals in 2013-14. Providing tenacious defense off the bench, Sharpe also showed touch on the offensive end of the court with a career best 13-point performance on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in a 66-61 win over Bryant on November 20.
Sophomore Natalie Ball (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Christine Rush (Hinsdale, Ill.) shared the team's Most Improved Player award. Ball earns the distinction for the second consecutive season after appearing in 20 games last season, including a strong finish that saw her average 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game over her final seven contests. Rush, a junior walk-on, appeared in 11 games last season and hauled in two rebounds in her collegiate debut against Navy on November 29. Rush notched her first collegiate point with a free throw against Dartmouth on February 8.
For the third consecutive season, forward Sophie Beutel (Toronto, Ontario) earned the team's Sixth Player Award after averaging a career high 4.4 points per game and setting the Brown single-season field goal percentage record of 60.6 (54-of-97). The senior logged a career high in minutes (39) and points (12) in Brown's 61-58 upset victory over then Ivy leading Princeton on March 1. For the season, Beutel finished second on the team with 3.7 rebounds per game.
The Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award, given to the player who has the greatest impact on overall team unity, went to co-captain Jordin Juker (Boise, Idaho). The senior appeared in 100 games over her four-year career on College Hill, including starts in a career high 10 games last season. Juker 's 88.5-percent (46-of-52) success rate from the charity stripe last season was the second best single-season free throw performance in team history.
Freshman Emily Dinger (Sunnyvale, Calif.) claimed the team's Hustle and Coaches Awards for her performance last season. The Hustle Award is given to the player who gave the extra effort both physically and mentally while the Coaches Award recognizes the player that demonstrates the true pride and spirit of Brown basketball. Dinger will be the team's third recipient of the Coaches Award, joining previous winners, Lauren Clarke (2012) and Sophie Bikofsky (2013). Dinger was a Second Team All-State and First Team WCAL selection in her senior season at Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) and also helped lead the Monarchs to the CIF Division II State title as a junior. Dinger appeared in 15 games during the 2013-14 season at Brown, connecting on treys against UMBC on November 30 and Cornell on February 22.