April 12, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - On Sunday night, the Michigan State women's basketball program held its annual postseason awards banquet at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. For the first time in program history, three Spartans shared the Most Valuable Player award, as seniors Allyssa DeHaan and Aisha Jefferson, and junior Kalisha Keane each earned the award in a vote by their teammates.
DeHaan was voted the team's MVP for the second time, also splitting the vote with Keane in 2007-08. She led the team in scoring this season with 10.6 points, while also placing second in rebounds with 5.8. DeHaan, who averaged a team-best 3.1 blocks, ended her career second on the NCAA Division I career blocked shots list.
Jefferson battled injuries and limited minutes this season to finish fourth on the team in points (7.8) and fifth in rebounds (3.8). She was the leader for the Spartans at the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments, averaging 14.3 points over her final four games in green and white.
Keane, who also was named the team's Sixth Player of the Year on Sunday, was second on the team overall with 9.5 points, but led the Spartans in Big Ten play with 10.9 points per game. She also led the team in steals (56) and 3-point field goals made (48), and was second in assists (2.5 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (34.5%).
Junior Brittney Thomas and sophomore Lykendra Johnson shared the Defensive Player of the Year award, as Thomas also took home the honor as a freshman. Thomas, who was also the team's Most Improved Player, was a lockdown perimeter defender and finished third on the team with 46 steals. Meanwhile, Johnson was a do-it-all on the defensive end, ending the season as the team's leader in rebounds (7.6), and second on the team with both 53 steals and 34 blocks.
For the second straight season, junior Cetera Washington was the recipient of the Spartan Hustle Award. Also, senior Lauren Aitch was the Spartan Character Award honoree and freshman Tracy Nogle accepted the Pat Canning Coaches Award.
For their dedication to the MSU women's basketball program, Chuck and Shiela Fortino were MSU's Supporter of the Year, while Stephanie Russell received the MVPs Kid of the Year.