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Women's Basketball Banquet Recognizes the 2008-09 Season



CHICAGO The DePaul women's basketball team celebrated the 2008-09 season at the team's annual banquet Tuesday evening at Cortelyou Commons on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. Natasha Williams was named Most Valuable Player as the program celebrated its seventh straight and program’s 14th overall NCAA Championship appearance.

Erin Cattell, Deirdre Naughton and Williams were awarded with the Maggie Dixon Captain's Award. The award is named after the former assistant coach at DePaul who passed away in April 2006.

The individual statistical awards were given out to the top free throwshooter and 3-point shooter along with the team's assist leader. Sam Quigley collected both the free throw and 3-point award.  On the season, Quigley shot .836 (46-for-55) from the charity stripe and .346 (53-for-153) from behind the arc.  Naughton took home the assist award after averaging 4.4 assist per game while her 142 season assists ranked eighth in the DePaul single-season record book. 

Williams collected the defensive award after leading the squad with 41 blocks which ranked ninth in the Blue Demon single-season record book.  Williams was also routinely assigned the task to guard her opponents’ best player whether she was a guard or a post player.  

Freshmen Keisha Hampton and Danielle Havel were named the Most Improved Players while Felicia Chester earned the Pat Ewers Unsung Hero Award.  Cattell and Williams picked up the Cookie Gavin Coach's Award. Gavin played on DePaul's first women's basketball teams in the mid-1970's before passing away due to cancer at an early age.

The Shirley Becker Academic Award, named for the former Athletics Academic Advisor, was awarded Deanna Ortiz, Maureen Mulchrone, Sam Fouser, Jennifer Juergens, Chester and Williams, who all have cumulative GPAs above 3.5.  Becker was DePaul's first academic advisor before she lost her life to cancer in 1995.

The Blue Demons finished the 2008-09 season with a 23-10 record, while their 10-6 conference record tied for fourth in the BIG EAST Conference regular season standings.