May 29, 2009
Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team recently held its annual season-ending banquet at Hotel Providence, as six different individuals were recognized and honored with various team awards.
Point guard Courtney Lee `10 (Archer, FL) was named the Brown's Most Valuable Player, which is awarded to the player who has made the biggest impact on the overall play of the team. Lee, who finished the year averaging 34 minutes per game, netted 5.1 ppg and was second on the team in rebounds with 4.3 per game. She ranked first in the Ivy League in steals (2.4) and was seventh in assists (3.1) and was the only Bear to have played and started in all 28 games. She earned a career-high 17 points and 12 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 30, and pulled down 10 boards against Bryant on Jan. 10.
Forward Betsy Jacobson `11 (Rochester, NY) received the Sixth Player Award, after proving to be a spark off the bench for Bruno in the 2008-09 season. The award is given to the player who took pride in her role and showed support for her teammates throughout the season. Jacobson scored 12 points at American University on Jan. 6, and pulled down eight rebounds against Cornell on Feb. 21. She averaged 4.0 ppg and added 3.0 rpg.
Guard Sadiea Williams `11 (Lunenburg, MA) received the Hustle Award, which is awarded to the player who gave the extra effort both physically and mentally. She displayed a competitive attitude by pushing herself and her teammates every day with a fearless and relentless attitude. Williams lit up for a career-high 16 points en route to a thrilling victory over the University of Maine on Nov. 28, and added a 15-point performance against UPenn on Feb. 13. Williams was one of Brown's top rebounders this season, as she pulled down 10 against Long Island on Dec. 5, to average 4.0 per game. She was also the Bears' leading scorer, notching 7.3 ppg.
The Most Valuable Defender award was handed out to guard Christina Johnson `10 (Oakland, CA), who displayed the most consistent intensity on defense throughout the year. Johnson saw action in all 28 games and averaged nearly 19 minutes per game. She averaged 5.0 ppg, pulled down 2.4 rebounds and tallied 26 steals during the year. Rookie Aileen Daniels `12 (Waldwick, NJ) received the Most Improved Player award, which is given to the player who has shown the most improvement in her play over the course of the season. The winner also must show dedication to practice and determination to achieve a new level of play. Daniels came off the bench to net a career-high 10 points against Army, and followed it up with six points on three-of-three shooting from the field and grabbed three rebounds against American on Jan. 6.
Lastly, captain Amy Ehrhart '09 (Golden, CO) was awarded the Harriet Sheridan Leadership Award, which recognizes the teammate who has the greatest impact on overall team unity. The winner of this award is someone who sacrificed personal gain for the benefit of the team's goals and took the extra steps necessary to keep everyone focused. Despite battling injuries throughout her four-year career, Ehrhart has always given the Bears 110 percent both on and off the court. Her work ethic in practice, the weight room and during off-season workouts has been an example to all. Her two free-throws with 2.8 seconds left helped lift Brown to a thrilling 64-62 victory in Brown's ivy opener against Yale, and she pulled down a game and career-high eight rebounds against Princeton this year.