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Old Dominion Earns CAA Player and Rookie of the Year Awards

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: March 08, 2000
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RICHMOND, VA. -- The Colonial Athletic Association announced its all-conference women's basketball honorees this afternoon at the CAA Tournament banquet at the Richmond Marriott. Old Dominion's Lucienne Berthieu and Alli Spence headlined the winners, garnering Player and Rookie of the Year honors, respectively.

Berthieu captured the CAA Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season after sharing the award with former teammate and current WNBA star Mery Andrade. It marks the ninth consecutive season that a Lady Monarch has taken home the conference's Player of the Year award. A junior from Rennes, France, Berthieu leads the CAA in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg), and field goal accuracy (61.9%).

Spence, a guard from Lafayette, Colorado, earned CAA Rookie of the Year honors, marking the fourth time that a Lady Monarch has been honored with the title. Spence leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and currently averages 6.1 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.

Joining Berthieu on the All-CAA first team are junior Hamchetou Maiga and senior Natalie Diaz. Both Diaz and Maiga were also named to the CAA All-Defensive team. Joining Spence on the All-Rookie team was Virginia Beach native Okeisha Howard. Below is a complete listing of award-winners:

Lucienne Berthieu, Old Dominion			Rochelle Luckett, VCU
Natalie Diaz, Old Dominion			Kate Miller, American
Hamchetou Maiga, Old Dominion			Liz Remus, VCU
Danielle Melvin, East Carolina			Waynetta Veney, ECU
Jen Surlas, George Mason			Chandra Watkins, UNCW

Kristine Austgulen, VCU				LaTonia Beale, UNCW
Okeisha Howard, Old Dominion			Natalie Diaz, Old Dominion
Shanna Price, James Madison			Kim Hairston, Richmond
Jen Sobota, William and Mary			Rochelle Luckett, VCU
Alli Spence, Old Dominion			Hamchetou Maiga, Old Dominion


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