April 13, 2010
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Sami Whitcomb collected a pair of awards - including her second straight MVP - at the annual Washington women's basketball banquet on Monday night, held at Maggiano's, an Italian restaurant on the Eastside.
Whitcomb was an All-Pac-10 selection as well as an All-Academic Honorable Mention. The senior averaged 13 points a game and 5.6 rebounds to lead the Huskies in both categories. For all her production this season, Whitcomb was an easy choice for the team's Most Valuable Player.
It certainly was a worthy selection, given how the Ventura, Calif., native rounded out her game in her final campaign to become a more complete player. Whitcomb also won the Lion's Club Assist Award, which is given to the Husky who compiles the most assists in a season. The guard/forward finished with 78, which narrowly edged out junior Sarah Morton for the team lead.
There were several highlight-worthy moments for Whitcomb as well. She set a career-high with 32 points on Jan. 29 at Washington State, which almost single-handedly helped the Huskies pull out a hard-fought overtime victory out of Pullman. There was also her scoring binge from the BYU game, where Whitcomb tallied the final 12 points of the game, including the game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds remaining.
The other multiple-award winner was Kristi Kingma, who made impressive strides in her sophomore season. The Mill Creek, Wash., native took home the Defensive Player of the Year award, which she shared with fellow sophomore Charmaine Barlow. Kingma led the Huskies in steals with 55, taking over in a category that had been dominated by Whitcomb the last two seasons. For her defensive excellence, Kingma was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 team member. Kingma was also the recipient of the Tyee Community Service Award, a nod to her tireless work in her free time with Seattle-area children.
Barlow fit the bill as the Huskies toughest on-the-ball defender, and helped turn the tide in several games because her intense defense.
Mollie Williams took home the award for Most Improved Player. Not only did the sophomore improve her scoring/rebounding, she became an important cog off the bench in the 2009-10 season. Next year, Williams is expected to take on an even bigger role. At 6-2 and possessing elite-level athleticism, Williams was a nightmare for opponents in the Huskies' full-court press. She was also a force on the glass, where the Cerritos, Calif., native averaged just fewer than four boards a game despite playing less minutes than the starters.
Sara Mosiman was the winner of the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given annually to the Husky who displays the best performance in the classroom. The senior has a 3.4 GPA is on track to graduate this year with a degree in communications. No student-athlete won the Kayla Burst Most Inspirational Award this season. Instead, it went the Ahlskog family, who recently suffered a great tragedy when Dale Ahlskog passed away from a battle with cancer.
Washington completed the season with a 13-18 record. The team reached the postseason for the first time in four years, making the quarterfinals of the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational.
2010 Washington Women's Basketball Team Awards
Most Valuable Player - Sami Whitcomb
101 Club Scholar Athlete - Sara Mosiman
Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award - Kristi Kingma
Kayla Burst Most Inspirational - Dale Ahlskog
Lion's Club Assist Award - Sami Whitcomb
Defensive Player of the Year - Kristi Kingma; Charmaine Barlow
Most Improved Player - Mollie Williams