Kalisha Keane Named MVP at Women's Basketball's Awards Banquet
March 10, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball program held its annual postseason awards banquet at the Breslin Center on Thursday night. Highlighting the awards on the night was senior Kalisha Keane, who became just the second three-time Player of the Year in program history, in a vote by their teammates.
Keane, who joins Kisha Kelley as the only three-time team MVP, shared the honor as a junior and freshman. She became the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Player of the Year earlier this month, also being named First Team All-Big Ten. Keane leads MSU in scoring with 15.9 points per game, also ranking second in assists (2.1) and steals (2.4), and third in rebounds (5.0). She also leads the team with 2.1 3-pointers a game.
Junior Lykendra Johnson was voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Johnson, who was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Spartans with 2.5 steals, 1.4 blocks and 8.9 rebounds. Johnson was the anchor to the Spartan defense that led the Big Ten in conference play in scoring defense, rebound margin, steals, turnovers forced and 3-point field goal percentage defense.
Junior Taylor Alton received two awards tonight - Most Improved Player and the Pat Canning Coaches Award. Alton entered the season with career averages of 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 19 career games, but increased her production this season to 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in just 17.4 minutes a game. A career 19.0% (4-of-21) shooter from 3-point range, she has made 41-of-112 (36.6%) from the arc this season.
Junior Porsche Poole was the recipient of the Sixth Player Award. She is fourth on the team in scoring with 6.4 points, despite playing only 17.4 minutes a game. Poole leads MSU in 3-point shooting, going 36.7% (29-of-79) from behind the arc.
For the third straight season, senior Cetera Washington was voted the winner of the Spartan Hustle Award. Washington is averaging career highs in every statistical category, ranking second on the team with 6.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks, third with 1.7 assists, fourth with 1.3 steals and sixth with 5.5 points.
Rounding out the awards on the night, Dr. James and Geri Potchen were named the Most Valuable Supporters, and Kristin Kribes was the MVP Ball Club Most Spectacular Member.
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