- Virginia women's basketball recently announced its 2010 postseason awards at a private gathering celebrating its season. Consensus All-American Monica Wright was named the Cavalier of the Year.
Wright also earned awards for having the team's most free throws made (163) and most rebounds per game (6.4). Additionally, she was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Practice, Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player, and was given the Leadership Award.
Sophomore Ariana Moorer earned the award for most assists (82), while freshman China Crosby earned the team's Preseason Conditioning Award.
Freshmen Simone Egwu and Telia McCall shared Rookie of the Year as well as Most Improved Player honors.
Junior Jayna Hartig was tabbed the team's Unsung Hero. The Bob Williams Award (named in honor of one of the most enthusiastic and supportive fans of Virginia women's basketball, Bob Williams, for achievement in academics and athletics) went to Simone Egwu. The Alumni Scholarship (presented to a team member who best exemplifies the spirit and dedication that makes Virginia women's basketball so successful) went to Jayna Hartig. The Thomas J. Ryan Memorial Scholarship (presented to a hard-working player committed to success; a team player who shuns the spotlight in favor of her teammates; a player who believes in family values and shares those values with her team) went to Chelsea Shine.
This year's coaches awards (for outstanding contributions to the team) went to: Maurice Apprey (Dean - Office of African-American Affairs), John T. Casteen III (University President), Angel Cavanaugh (Compliance), Lindsay Clark (Co-Head Manager), Bethany Dannelly (Graduate Assistant), Meryl Kahn (Manager), Matt Marlow (Video Coordinator/Assistant Director of Operations), Marty Northcroft (Marketing and Promotions), Jackie Saunders (Co-Head Manager), Stacy Fowler (Housekeeping) and Wanda Grooms (Housekeeping).
The Cavaliers finished the year with a 21-10 overall record and a third-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference (9-5). Advancing to their third-consecutive NCAA Tournament, the Cavaliers had 20 wins for the 23rd time in head coach Debbie Ryan's career. 2010 Virginia Women's Basketball AwardsCavalier of the Year
: Monica WrightBest Offensive Player
: Monica WrightBest Defensive Player
: Monica WrightRookie of the Year
: Simone Egwu and Telia McCallMost Improved Player
: Simone Egwu and Telia McCallLeadership Award
: Monica WrightUnsung Hero
: Jayna HartigMVP in Practice
: Monica WrightPreseason Conditioning
: China CrosbyMost Assists
: Ariana MoorerRebounding
: Monica WrightFree Throw Shooting
: Monica WrightBob Williams Award
: Simone EgwuAlumni Scholarship
: Jayna HartigThomas J. Ryan Memorial Scholarship
: Chelsea ShineCoaches' Awards
: Maurice Apprey, John T. Casteen III, Angel Cavenaugh, Lindsay Clark, Bethany Dannelly, Meryl Kahn, Matt Marlow, Marty Northcroft, Jackie Saunders, Stacy Fowler, Wanda Grooms