Anderson named MVP of Badger hoop teamMADISON — Members of the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team were honored in the annual team awards banquet Sunday at the Heritage Hall in Camp Randall Stadium.
MADISON — Members of the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team were honored in the annual team awards banquet Sunday at the Heritage Hall in Camp Randall Stadium.
Fifth-year coach Lisa Stone and staff presented a variety of awards honoring the Badgers, who finished the season 16-14 and tied for seventh in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers made their second-straight post season appearance losing in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Repeating as Most Valuable Player for a third year was senior Jolene Anderson of Port Wing. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Badgers in scoring (19.9), rebounding (7.7), assists (3.67) and steals (1.7) and became UW’s all-time leading scorer for men and women finishing her career with 2,312 points.
Anderson is just the fourth Badger to earn the MPV award three-straight years; the others were Theresa Huff, 1980-83, Lisa Bonnell, 1986-88, and Barb Franke, 1993-96.
She was the Big Ten scoring champion for a second-straight season averaging 19.6 points in conference only games. She was UW’s first Big Ten Player of the Year, was named first team all-Big Ten Conference and was a WBCA/State Farm District All-American for a second season. She was honored nationally as the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year for 5-8 and under and became UW’s third WNBA draftee picked No. 23 in the second round by the Connecticut Sun.
Anderson was also recognized as this season’s T.J. Flarup Media Award winner and senior Ivana Mijalcevic received the Team Unity award.
Anderson and Janese Banks were honored with the Captains’ Award. Banks was also recognized with the Community Service award for a second year.
Also honored were seven Academic All-Big Ten team members (GPAs of over 3.0) .
Earning 2008 honors are Janese Banks, legal studies and Caitlin Gibson, elementary education; Annie Crangle, pre-journalism; Rae Lin D’Alie, psychology; Teah Gant, industrial engineering; Brittany Heins, biology; and Sarah Ingison, pre-business.
With 89 Academic All-Big Ten honors over the past 22 years, Wisconsin is the all-time leader among conference Big Ten women’s basketball teams.