Ross Named Team MVP
    LaToya Brown earned the Leadership Award on Thursday.
    LaToya Brown earned the Leadership Award on Thursday.

    April 2, 2009

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team celebrated its successful 24-9 season with its end of the year awards banquet on Thursday. The evening was a time to honor the team accomplishments for the 2008-09 season.

    Before the individual awards were handed out, coach Adrian Wiggins recognized the team records that were set during the year. Several accomplishments the Bulldog coach mentioned were how the team hit the second most 3-pointers in NCAA history with 309. The Bulldogs also attempted an NCAA record 893 3-pointers.

    The Bulldogs also led the WAC in fewest points allowed per-game at 56 points. The 24 wins tied the school record for the most wins in school history and Fresno State became the first team since Louisiana Tech in 2003-04 to repeat as WAC tournament champions.

    This season was also the second straight the `Dogs earned the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament and won the WAC regular season and tournament championship. Fresno State also had the second best attendance out of all 23 Division I schools in the state of California.

    There were three individual awards given out at the banquet. Jaleesa Ross was named the Team MVP. Ross led the team in scoring at 13.7 points a game and was named the WAC Tournament MVP for the second straight year. She was the first player in the history of the WAC to be named back-to-back tournament MVP. The Bulldog sophomore also garnered first-team All-WAC honors and set the single season school record for 3-pointers made with 95.

    "Jaleesa did a lot of things that weren't on the stat sheet," Wiggins said.

    Seniors Bailey Amundsen, LaToya Brown and LaShaunte Stephens earned the Leadership Award for their example to the team throughout the course of the season.



    "They were given a great task and they did a great job with it," Wiggins said. "They earned the respect of their peers."

    Brittny Jones received the Bulldog Award for her spirit and competitiveness at every practice and game.

    "I've had as much fun coaching her as any player I've coached," Wiggins said.

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