DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team held its annual banquet on Thursday, May 5, at the UNH Alumni Center, celebrating the successes of the 2004-05 season and honoring some of the players who helped the Wildcats reach the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the squad in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (4.7 rpg). Adams, coming off foot surgery that kept her out of the 2003-04 season, earned Third Team All-Conference honors and reached double figures in scoring 18 times during the season, including a career-high 23 points at Albany on February 5.
Sophomore forward Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) was voted by her teammates and coaches as the squad's Most Improved Player. Dillon played in all 29 games, starting 23 of them and averaging 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She shot 7-of-9 from the field in scoring a career-high 14 points in the America East quarterfinal victory over Albany on March 10.
The UNH defense improved in 2004-05, allowing four fewer points than in the previous season, and Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) was honored as the leader of that defense with the Defensive Player of the Year Award. She led the Wildcats and tied for first in America East with 59 steals, including a career-high seven steals in UNH's comeback from 25 points behind against eventual conference tournament champion Hartford on February 16.
The coaching staff awarded its Coaches Award to sophomore guard Meg Connolly (Nashua, N.H.). According to head coach Sue Johnson, Connolly "is a player who truly represents the ideals of a UNH hoopster." Connolly, who appeared in seven games during the season, was lauded for her unselfishness, her willingness to do whatever is asked of her, her passion, her hustle, and her consistent voice in cheering on her teammates.
The 2004-05 women's basketball team, 15-14 overall, finished third in the America East regular season standings with a 10-8 conference record and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals for the third time in four years. The Wildcats do not lose anybody for the 2005-06 season due to graduation and will have seniors-to-be Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) and Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) as captains for next season.