April 1, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head women's basketball coach Kelly Graves announced his 2007 award winners at the team's annual banquet Sunday. Senior Stephanie Hawk was named the Bulldogs Best Rebounder and Most Valuable Player. Classmate Katy Ridenour garnered the Fred Obde Hustle award for the second-straight season; the Zags highest honor. Junior Michelle Elliott earned the Katy Prichard Most Inspirational Player award and sophomore Jami Bjorklund was tabbed the team's Best Defender. Both freshman Heather Bowman and Vivian Frieson earned Most Improved.
The Bulldogs finished the season 24-10 winning their third-straight West Coast Conference regular-season title, their first-ever WCC Tournament Championship and made their inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Hawk led Gonzaga this season as she earned AP All-America honorable mention, West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year honors and All-WCC honors. She led the team in points (14.4), rebounds (8.0) and blocks (2.3) per game. Hawk registered 12 double-doubles on the season, including nine in WCC action. The Ontario, Ore., native was also named WCC Player of the Week five times and was Player of the Month for both January and February.
Ridenour closed out her career as the Bulldogs career leader in games played, capping off her career playing in 126 contests. She finished the season averaging 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and a team-best 1.4 steals per game.
Elliott battled through a stress fracture in her foot this season but played in all but one game; including getting 10 starts. The first player off the bench for Gonzaga, Elliott was third on the team in points (9.5), and tied for second in assists (2.1) per game. She also added 2.8 rebounds per game, and hit a team-high 45 three-pointers.
Bjorklund, whose assignment on defense was to guard the opposing team's offensive threat, was one of seven players to play in all 34 games this season. She finished the season averaging 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per contest. Bjorklund was also named to the WCC All-Tournament Team.
Bowman played and started in all 34 games for the Zags. She was the first freshman ever to earn WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Bowman also was named WCC Newcomer of the Year and garnered All-WCC honors and All-Freshman team accolades. The Spokane, Wash., native closed out the year second on the squad in both points (13.0) and rebounds (6.1) per game. She also shot a team-best 47.8 percent (170-356) from the field.
Frieson saw action in all 34 games for Gonzaga, averaging 10.6 minutes per game off the bench. She closed out the season averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In conference action, Frieson hit an impressive 42.2 percent of her shots, while scoring 3.4 points per game.