April 26, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team officially closed out a successful 2005-06 season Friday night with its annual Team Awards Banquet at the Jones Trophy Room. The three-hour ceremony recognized several student-athletes for their contributions on the hardwood.
Junior forward Jasmane Clarendon (San Bernardino, Calif.) was voted Most Valuable Player after leading the Waves with 6.9 rebounds per game. She also finished second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per contest in earning All-West Coast Conference (WCC) first team honors.
Sophomore guard Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif.) earned the team's Best Offensive Player for her team-high 12.6 points per game which included a career-high of 31 in Pepperdine's NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma in Denver, Colo. Kennedy was also selected to the All-WCC first team.
The WCC Defensive Player of the Year Kelsey Ball (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named Best Defensive Player. During her senior season, the six-foot-one inch Ball was often assigned to guard the opponent's best inside player. Ball averaged 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Freshman forward Dana Huley (Pasadena, Calif.) started her Pepperdine career as a walk on but through hard work and dedication was granted a scholarship for the second semester. Huley who saw action in seven games last season was tabbed Most Improved Player.
Shannon Johnson (Flower Mount, Texas) and Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif.) shared the Coaches Award. They were selected for this award because of their consistent effort day-in and day-out, as well as their willingness to work with the coaching staff in an effort to improve and their overall attitude.
Ball, Ross and Huley were also recognized by the University for their efforts in the classroom at the Academic Honors Luncheon on April 6. All three student-athletes have maintained at least a 3.2 grade point average while enrolled at Pepperdine.