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UA Women's Basketball Announces Team Awards
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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TUCSON, Ariz. - At its annual awards banquet on Sunday night, the University of Arizona women’s basketball squad announced the winners of its 10 team awards.

Senior guard Reshea Bristol earned two of the team’s highest honors. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, as well as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Bristol is averaging 15.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this season and was the Pac-10 leader in assists all year, averaging 7.6 per game. This is the third consecutive year that Bristol was named the UA’s top defensive player. She was also given the team’s Assists Leader Award.

The Most Improved Player award went to freshman guard Candice Allen, who averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while playing in every contest this year.

Forward Veranda James was chosen the Freshman of the Year for her team. Despite missing 11 games with two separate concussions, James registered averages of 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this season. James also received the Rebounding Leader Award, for having the highest rebounding average on the team.

The Most Inspirational Player award was given to junior guard Julie Brase, who is redshirting this year after having surgery on her right wrist. Sophomore wing Krista Warren received the team’s Hustle Award. She started 27 games for the Cats and averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg before going down with a torn ACL on Mar. 3.

Shooting 83.7 percent from the line this season, freshman guard Aimee Grzyb was given the Free Throw Percentage Leader Award. Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney, who is a nursing student, received the Academic Achievement Award.

The Wildcats stand at 19-11 on the year and have received a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. They will play Pepperdine in the first round on Thursday, Mar. 15, at 7 p.m. in the McKale Center.


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