basketball celebrates 2011-12 season
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[March 29, 2012]
NORMAL -- Redbird Arena was
alive with cheers for the ISU women's basketball team one more time
Wednesday night, as the team, coaches, family and fans came together
to celebrate the 2011-12 season. The annual event featured year-end
awards, a highlight video and a senior presentation.
Illinois State made believers out of nonbelievers, as the
Redbirds finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference after
being picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll. ISU finished the
season with a 19-13 record, posting a 13-5 effort in conference
play, and advanced to the WNIT for the fourth consecutive season.
Several team awards were presented, including statistical awards.
Three players were recognized for leading the team in different
statistical categories during the year.
Marley Hall had the team's best field goal percentage (48.3),
Candace Sykes had the best 3-point field goal percentage (41.1)
and was the top-rebounder (8.0 rpg), while Jamie Russell recorded
the best free throw percentage (79.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio
The Best Offensive Player Award was given to Katie Broadway, who
ranked first on the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) and led the Redbirds
with 89 3-pointers, which set a school record. She scored in
double figures in 27 games. Broadway scored the 1,000th point of her
career with a career-high 29 points against Creighton, making her
the 27th player in program history to accomplish the feat.
Russell received the Best Defensive Player Award. She led the
Redbirds in steals with 82, which puts her in ninth place on the
all-time steals list in a single season and ranked third on the
team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).
For their efforts on both sides of the ball, Broadway and Russell
shared the Most Valuable Player honors for the 2011-12 season.
Broadway and Alison Seberger were both given the Best Teammate
Award, for a starter and nonstarter respectively.
Hall received the Most Improved Award for the second straight
season for being the player who improved the most from the start of
Chloe Nelson was given the Redbird Award for the second straight
season, which is given to a player who best represents Redbird
women's basketball in the classroom, on the court and in the
community. She is always willing to give of her time and help in any area.
This person has a servant's heart and a willingness to go above and
beyond what is asked of her.
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Nelson and Russell shared the Hustle Award.
Broadway also received the annual Jill Hutchison Leadership
Award, which is given to a player who exemplifies all of the
characteristics of a Redbird women's basketball player.
The award is named in honor of Hutchison, the former Redbird
women's coach and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member.
She led the Redbirds to 98 wins in the last four years,
four-straight national postseason appearances, including
three-straight semifinals appearances in the WNIT.
The Redbird senior class of Broadway was honored at the end of
2011-12 Illinois State Women's Basketball Awards
Most Valuable Player: Katie Broadway and Jamie Russell
Best Offensive Player: Katie Broadway
Best Defensive Players:
Jill Hutchison Leadership Award: Katie Broadway
Chloe Nelson and Jamie Russell
Best Teammates: Katie Broadway and Alison Seberger
Most Improved Player: Marley Hall
Redbird Award: Chloe Nelson
[Text received from Lauren
Illinois State University]