April 27, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team held its annual season-ending banquet on Tuesday, April 24th, as six different individuals were recognized and honored with various team awards.
Tammy Sanchez, a 1995 graduate of Brown University, was the guest speaker at the banquet. Sanchez earned All-Ivy honorable mention during her junior season, and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame last year.
The Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award, presented annually to the player who has the most impact on the overall unity of the team and sacrificed personal gain for the benefit of the team's goals, was given to senior co-captain Lena McAfee (Reston, VA). McAfee played and started in all 28 games this season, and averaged 31.5 minutes on the floor. She scored 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and was one of the Bears' most consistent players.
The Sixth Player Award is awarded to the player who was a spark off the bench, as well as someone who took pride in her role and showed support for her teammates throughout the season. This year, the award was presented to freshman Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA). Fitzpatrick played in all 28 games and started in 12 for the Bears as she averaged 19.5 minutes. She started in Brown's season-opener against Providence College, and always came off the bench ready when the Bears' needed her. Highlighting her season was a 16-point performance against the University of Rhode Island, as well as back-to-back double digit scoring games against Princeton and Cornell when she netted 10 and 12 points, respectively. She ended the season averaging six points per game and grabbing 2.5 rebounds.
Freshman Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) and Brown's Hustle Award. This award is given to the teammate who gave the extra 10 percent physically and mentally, as well as displayed a competitive attitude by pushing herself and her teammates every day with a fearless and relentless attitude. Johnson played in 27 games and received six starts. Johnson played 10 minutes in Brown's season opener against Providence College, and netted five points and brought in three rebounds. Johnson improved as the season went on, as she poured in 16 points against Columbia in her first career-start. She earned the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after her performance, and closed out the season with double-digit scoring in Brown's last three games.
The Most Valuable Defender is awarded to the player who displayed the most consistency and intensity on defense throughout the season. Junior point-guard Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) was given this award for the second year in a row, and has proven once again that she deserves this honor. O'Neal played in 25 games and started in 16 this season, as she averaged 7.2 points per game. Although O'Neal was the team's third-leading scorer, it was her tenacious defense that set her apart from the others. O'Neal was second on the team in steals with 41, and was often picking up two or three per game. The tallied a season-high four steals twice, the first coming against Boston University and the other against Columbia.
Freshman Lindsay Walls (Santa Cruz, CA) was awarded the team's Most Improved Player, which is given to the player who has shown the most improvement through her dedication to practice and determination to achieve a new level to play. Walls played in 24 games and received seven starts this season, as she tallied six points per game and 3.5 rebounds. After her outstanding performances this season, she received back-to-back Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors and then was named to the League's All-Rookie team. Highlighting her season was two 19-point performances against Columbia and Penn, as well as a double-double against Penn earlier in the season.
Last but not least, senior Ashley King-Bischof (Pleasanton, CA) was awarded the Brown's Most Valuable Player. The MVP award to the player who made the biggest impact on the overall play of the team, and also someone who has made strong statistical contributions and show consistency in her daily work ethic. King-Bischof played in 28 games and started in 25, as she averaged 27.6 minutes per game. She led the team in scoring at 11 points per game, and also in rebounding with six per game. King-Bischof tallied a career-high 29 points against Sacred Heart, and scored double-digits in six consecutive games. She received back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Week honors, and was also made the All-Tournament team at the Dead River Company Classic in Maine, the Brown Basketball Classic, and also at the San Diego State Surf `N Slam.