Women's Basketball Hands Out Team Awards at End-of-the-year Banquet

Photo of Miriam Rutzen, Brogan Berry, Claire Wheeler and Elise Gordon courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

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The Harvard women's basketball team held its end of the year banquet at the Harvard Club of Boston Thursday night. Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and assistant coaches handed out the awards as voted on by the team.

Junior Brogan Berry took home the most valuable player award for second straight year. Berry led the Crimson in scoring and was second in the Ancient Eight, averaging 13.9 points per game. She also led the team and the Ivy League in assists per game, averaging 4.6. Also impressive were her 2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio which ranked her first in the Ivy League and 10th in the nation. She joined the 1,000 point club in February and moved into 13th on Harvard's all-time scoring list.

Sophomore Miriam Rutzen took home the team's best defensive player award. Rutzen earned a spot in the starting line-up several games into the season and shut down opposing team's defenses in the 22 games she played. Despite not playing at 100% during most of the Ivy League campaign, Rutzen finished second on the team in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game.

Rookie Elise Gordon received the team's most improved award. The center earned more time in the line-up by crashing the boards and being a force to reckon with in the paint. Senior Claire Wheeler was given the Harvard Pride Award, for her leadership on and off the court. Her final season was cut short due to injury, but she made the best of it stepping into a player/coach role to help her team from the bench.

Harvard, which finished the season 18-10 overall and 10-4 in Ivy League play, graduate four seniors: Jackie Alemany, Emma Markley, Christine Matera and Wheeler.