March 11, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Mar. 11) - Ten awards were presented to Arizona women's basketball players at the team's annual awards banquet on Sunday night.
After finishing the season as the team's leading scorer (16.1 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (8.0 rpg), senior forward Elizabeth Pickney was named Most Valuable Player. She also earned the team's Free Throw Percentage Leader Award, shooting 83.4 percent from the line for the season, the fourth-best free throw percentage in the Pac-10.
Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler raked in her share of awards as well. She was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. With 93 assists on the season, she also earned the Assists Leader Award.
Junior wing Krista Warren was co-recipient of the Hustle Award, along with sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb. Warren earned the Academic Achievement Award, for having the highest grade-point average on the squad, and she also received the Rebounding Leader Award, after registering a team-best 8.1 boards per game this season.
Freshman center Danielle Adefeso was selected as the team's Most Improved Player, while Pickney, senior center LaKeisha Taylor and junior guard Julie Brase were given Captain Awards for serving as the squad's tri-captains for the 2001-02 season.
2002 UA Women's Basketball Team Awards
Most Valuable Player - Elizabeth Pickney
Defensive Player of the Year - Dee-Dee Wheeler
Most Improved Player - Danielle Adefeso
Freshman of the Year - Dee-Dee Wheeler
Hustle Award - Krista Warren, Aimee Grzyb
Academic Achievement Award - Krista Warren
Free Throw Percentage Leader Award - Elizabeth Pickney
Assists Leader Award - Dee-Dee Wheeler
Rebounding Leader Award - Krista Warren
Captain Awards - Elizabeth Pickney, LaKeisha Taylor, Julie Brase