April 5, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington women's basketball announced its team awards at the season-end banquet held at the Don James Center on the UW campus Wednesday evening. Junior guard Cameo Hicks was the team's Big Dawg award recipient for the second-straight year, while seniors Kayla Burt and Nicole Castro and sophomore Emily Florence were multiple winners.
The Big Dawg award is based on a season-long tally for on-court performance. Hicks had a breakout year in 2005-06, leading the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (5.6 rpg), field goal percentage (.431) and free-throws made (160), along with ranking second in assists (2.6 apg), steals (1.6 spg) and three-pointers made (31). Hicks scored in double-figures 24 times, including seven 20-point games.
She was named to the All-Pac-10 team, was a Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree and earned Husky Classic All-Tournament Team honors. Also a standout student, Hicks was named to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District second-team and the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team. Hicks shared the Big Dawg award last year with Kayla Burt and Maggie O'Hara.
Burt and Castro shared the team's Most Inspirational Player honors, the third such honor for Burt for whom the award was named after following the 2002-03 season. Castro was also honored as the team's Coaches' Award winner, while Burt was named the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award honoree.
Florence was the Huskies' other dual winner, earning the Lion's Club Assists Leader and Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards. Florence led the team in assists (2.9 per game) and recorded team-high assist efforts in 13 contests. The 5-5 point guard was also a pesky defender, ranking third on the team in steals (1.4 per game) and 10th among conference players in Pac-10 games (1.67).
The 101 Scholar Athlete Award went to senior Kristen O'Neill. O'Neill, who finished her UW career ranked on three all-time lists, was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second-team this year for her outstanding work in the classroom. O'Neill has a 3.36 grade point average and is majoring in communication. She led the team in three-pointers made (35), three-pointers attempted (124) and steals (1.7), while averaging 8.3 points per game.
Most Improved Player honors went to sophomore Andrea Plouffe for the second-straight season. Plouffe started all 30 games for UW, and after averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds last year came back to finish second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.3 rpg) this year. Plouffe tallied 20 double-figure scoring games, finishing the year with 10 or more points in 12 of the last 14 games.
2005-06 Washington Women's Basketball Team Awards
Big Dawg Award: Cameo Hicks
Outstanding Defensive Player: Emily Florence
Most Inspirational Player: Kayla Burt and Nicole Castro
Most Improved Player: Andrea Plouffe
Lion's Club Assists Leader: Emily Florence
101 Scholar Athlete Award: Kristen O'Neill
Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award: Kayla Burt
Coaches Award: Nicole Castro