NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women’s basketball team celebrated its 2013-14 season with its fans and families Monday night with its annual postseason honors banquet at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel in Norman.
The Sooners season finished in their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament, a remarkable streak that stands as the seventh longest active among Division I teams.
“For these seniors to play in four NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16s, that’s quite a legacy,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “There are 343 teams that want to know what it is to play in the NCAA Tournament and to be one of seven to have gone every year the last 15 years is extraordinary.”
OU’s senior class bid farewell to the program with a record-setting season. Portia Durrett, Aaryn Ellenberg, Nicole Griffin and Morgan Hook combined to be the first OU class with three 1,000-point scorers and set class career records with 4,916 combined points scored, 574 3-pointers made, a .732 free throw shooting percentage and .375 3-point field goal shooting percentage.
In addition, Ellenberg, Griffin and Hook were named to All-Big 12 teams and Durrett was the Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Year last season after transferring from junior college.
Each senior took home a team award.
Ellenberg was honored as the team MVP for the second straight season and Offensive Player of the Year for a third consecutive year. The Sooners’ leading scorer with 19.3 points per game also grabbed the Mojo Award, for the player who most often creates game-changing momentum, for a fourth time.
Durrett was honored with the Nail, an award given to the player who illustrates mental and physical toughness. In her second season with the Sooners, Durrett battled for practice time and playing time, eventually earning a starting nod and scoring a career-high 11 points in her final collegiate game.
Likewise, Hook was given the Glue Award for the player who embodies the togetherness that bonds a team throughout the season.
Griffin earned the Monster Board for being the top rebounder. The 6-foot-6 center led the Sooners with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Junior Sharane Campbell was voted by her teammates as Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season and for the third straight year also earned the award for taking the most charges.
Sophomore Nicole Kornet claimed Most Improved Player. Over the last 10 games, Kornet scored 9.7 point per contest, more than double her average of the first 23 games of the season, 43 percent 3-point shooting and 87 percent free throw shooting.
Freshmen Gioya Carter and T’ona Edwards broke into the honorees in their first season. Carter earned the ‘Shoush’ Award for most hustle and Edwards received Foxhole as the best teammate.
Additionally, Fast Break Club member Linda and Coleman Harris were honored with the Sooner Service Award and the Mary Jane Noble Humanitarian Award was presented to John Gibbs.
Defensive Player of the Year: Sharane Campbell
Offensive Player of the Year: Aaryn Ellenberg
Most Improved: Nicole Kornet
Most Valuable: Aaryn Ellenberg
Nail Award (representing mental and physical toughness): Portia Durrett
Glue Award (embodies team bonding): Morgan Hook
Monster Board (top rebounder): Nicole Griffin
‘Shoush’ Factor: Gioya Carter
Charge Award: Sharane Campbell
Foxhole Award: T’ona Edwards
Mojo Award: Aaryn Ellenberg
Sooner Service Award: Linda and Coleman Harris
Mary Jane Noble Humanitarian Award: John Gibbs