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CAA Women's Basketball Awards Announced

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 12, 2003
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March 12, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- The Colonial Athletic Association announced members of its all-conference women's basketball team as well as its Player, Coach, Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year as selected by the league's ten head coaches and a panel of 10 media members. Senior guard Okeisha Howard was named to the league's First Team, junior forward Monique Coker was tabbed Second Team, and sophomore Shareese Grant was awarded All-Defensive honors.

Virginia Commonwealth University senior forward Kristine Austgulen (Bergen, Norway) captured CAA Player of the Year honors after leading the league in both scoring (18.7ppg) and rebounding (10.7rpg). The only First Team All-CAA repeat selection from last season, Austgulen has been a standout both in the classroom and on the court. The two-time First Team Academic All-America selection boasts a 4.0 GPA and was recently honored as the Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for women's basketball. On the hardwood, Austgulen posted a CAA season-high 14 double-doubles before missing VCU's last four games with a back injury. She currently holds 10 school career records and ranks third in the VCU record book with 1,572 career points and second all-time with 799 career rebounds. She is the first non-ODU player to win the award since 1991.

Joining Austgulen on the All-CAA First Team are Old Dominion University senior guard Okeisha Howard (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne), UNC Wilmington junior guard Cherie Lea (Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy), James Madison senior forward Shanna Price (Danville, Va./George Washington) and Delaware senior guard Allison Trapp (Philadelphia, Pa./West Catholic).

Howard, a First Team All-CAA selection in 2001, averaged a team-high 15.0 points per game and returns to the First Team after being voted to the Second Team last season. Lea, a junior transfer from UNC-Chapel Hill, tops the Seahawks and ranks eighth in the CAA in scoring (13.4ppg) and is one of the CAA=s most versatile performers. Price moves up from the 2002 All-CAA Second Team after averaging a team-high 17.7 points along with 6.8 rebounds per contest for the Dukes. Trapp led Delaware with 16.9 points per game and a team-high 69 steals. Trapp and UNCW senior guard Rachael Friesen-Norwood (Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten) shared Defensive Player of the Year honors. Trapp was part of a Delaware defense that allowed a league-low 53.1 points per game. Friesen-Norwood led UNCW and was among the league's leaders with 39 steals. She helped spearhead a UNCW defense that led the CAA in field goal percentage defense (35.0%) as well as three-point field goal percentage defense (24.5%).

UNCW's Ann Hancock garnered CAA Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Seahawks to a school record 22 victories and an overall record of 22-5. UNCW posted a conference mark of 14-4 and enters this week's tournament as the #3 seed which matches the team's highest seed in 18 previous championship appearances. The Seahawks top the CAA in scoring margin (+13.3ppg), assists (15.3pg), three-point field goal percentage (35.5%) and assist/turnover ratio.

Drexel freshman standout Catherine Scanlon (Glenolden, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) was voted CAA Rookie of the Year. A 6-0 guard, Scanlon averaged 8.0 points and and ranked 10th in the CAA with 6.6 rebounds per game. Scanlon, who started 26 games for the Dragons, was voted CAA Rookie of the Week five times during the regular season.

Austgulen was also honored with the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award which recognizes the basketball student-athlete who Aembodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship through her academic and athletic achievement.

The 2003 Alltel-CAA Women's Basketball Championship tips off on March 12 at the Constant Center on the campus of Old Dominion University where the host Lady Monarchs will be gunning for their 12th consecutive tournament title. The tournament runs through Saturday, March 15 with the finals slated to be televised by Comcast SportsNet/Mid-Atlantic, Comcast-Philadelphia and FOX-New York at 4:00pm.

2003 CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HONOREES

FIRST TEAM ALL-CAA

#*Kristine Austgulen, VCU F 6-0 SR Bergen, Norway/Fana Gymnas $%Okeisha Howard, ODU G 5-5 SR Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne Allison Trapp, DEL G 5-9 SR Philadelphia, Pa./West Catholic Cherie Lea, UNCW G 5-9 JR Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy $Shanna Price, JMU F 5-9 SR Danville, Va./George Washington

SECOND TEAM ALL-CAA

$Jen Derevjanik, GMU G 5-10 JR Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's Jen Brickey, HOF G 5-5 SR Nashua, N.H./Nashua Shameka Montgomery, UNCW F 6-1 SR N. Myrtle Beach, S.C./N. Myrtle Beach Tiara Malcom, DEL F 6-1 SO Wilmington, Del./Caravel Academy Monique Coker, ODU G/F 6-1 JR Bronx, N.Y./Monsignor Scanlan

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Catherine Scanlon, DREX G 6-0 FR Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara Denae Dobbins, JMU C 6-5 FR Westerville, W.Va./Gilmer County Dominique Lewis, W&M G/F 6-1 FR Yeadon, Pa./Penn Wood Juliette Warren, DEL G 5-9 FR West Chester, Pa./West Chester East Natalia Oehninger, VCU G 5-8 FR Norfolk Va./Catholic

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Rachael Friesen-Norwood, UNCW G 5-8 SR Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten Allison Trapp, DEL G 5-9 SR Philadelphia, Pa./West Catholic Jess Cichowicz, JMU G 5-9 SR Ferntree Gully, Victoria/Rowville Secondary Tracy Morgan, UNCW F 6-0 JR Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills Shareese Grant, ODU G 5-8 SO Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne

FIRST TEAM CAA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Kristine Austgulen, VCU F 6-0 SR Bergen, Norway/Fana Gymnas Jen Brickey, Hofstra G 5-5 SR Nashua, N.H./Nashua Mia Chapman, Towson G 5-5 SR Mitchellville, Md./Elizabeth Seton Cherie Lea, UNCW G 5-9 JR Blanch, N.C./Bartlett Yancy Nadine Morgan, JMU F 5-10 SR Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain

SECOND TEAM CAA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Jen Derevjanik, GMU G 5-10 JR Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's Lauren Hall-Gregory, Hofstra G 5-5 SR Vienna, Va./Madison Katrina Martin, Drexel G/F 5-9 SO Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton Vernessa Neamo, GMU G 5-10 JR Forrestville, Md./DuVal Julie Sailer, Delaware G 5-11 SO Washington Crossing, Pa./Council Rock

#2002 First Team All-CAA $2002 Second Team All-CAA %2001 First Team All-CAA *2001 Second Team All-CAA

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

2003 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kristine Austgulen, VCU

2003 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Ann Hancock, UNCW

2003 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Catherine Scanlon, Drexel

2003 CAA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Rachael Friesen-Norwood, UNCW Allison Trapp, Delaware

2003 DEAN EHLERS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Kristine Austgulen, VCU

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