Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball team recently announced its 2010-11 postseason award winners in conjunction with the program's season-ending awards banquet.
The Bulldogs held this year's team banquet inside the Wheeler Pavilion located at Top Taggart Field and it was hosted by The Zonta Club of Big Rapids along with the Sixth Dawg Booster Club.
Senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) was tabbed as the squad's Most Valuable Player Award recipient for the 2010-11 season. The 5-9 Adams paced the Bulldogs in both scoring (13.2 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.) in her final collegiate campaign. She also ranked among the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) leaders in several categories, including eighth in field goal percentage (.508).
The team's Hardest Worker Award went to junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan), who was second on the team in both scoring (12.5 ppg.) and rebounding (4.3 rpg.). She led the conference in free throw percentage (.926) for the second-straight year and would have finished first in the country for the second year in a row, but did not have quite enough attempts to qualify for the final national statistical rankings. Principe was third in the GLIAC in both three-point percentage (.455) and three-point makes (2.2 pg.).
Senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) claimed the squad's Defensive Stopper honor. The veteran point guard led the league in assists (5.4 apg.) and was fifth in steals (1.8 pg.) in her final campaign. She also finished 12th in the GLIAC in blocked shots (23) and was first in assist to turnover ratio (2.3).
The Sixth Player Award was shared by junior forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland) and freshman guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown). Pettit started 15 games and averaged a personal career-high 5.6 points along with 3.2 rebounds per game this season while DeShone contributed 108 points along with 46 assists in her first season with the Bulldogs while playing 22 games.
DeShone also claimed team Rookie of the Year honors while Pettit shared the squad's most improved player award with sophomore Caitlin Carmody (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Central), who joined the team this year and saw action in 10 contests as a reserve.
In addition to the postseason awards, 13th-year head coach Tracey Dorow also presented various league and instiutional honors received during the year and a special tribute was held for the program's three seniors, including Adams, Houdek and center Andrea Clancy (Port Austin/North Huron).
The Bulldog women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with a 13-13 overall record. This year marked the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.