Women's Basketball Team Holds Annual Banquet

April 24, 2006

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Albany, NY-- After compiling a 11-17 (7-11) campaign, the Siena women's basketball team hosted the team banquet at Wolferts Roost Country Club. With Fox 23 sports anchor Rich Becker serving as emcee, over 120 fans and alumni who attended recognized the successful careers of the team and the Saints senior class. Coaches and administrators, including Siena President Fr. Kevin Mackin, were in attendance to pay tribute to Michelle Blot, Whitney Cave, Emily Clark, and Lauren Surber as well as the annual award winners.

The Joe Hogan Award is given annually to the player that best exemplifies the three qualities of desire, dedication and positive attitude. Hogan, who finished his coaching tenure as the winnings coach in school history, was inducted into the Siena Hall of Fame in 1989. Associate head coach Andrea Woodbury presented junior Katelyn Dooley (Lansingburgh, NY) with the award. Dooley finished the season, as the Saints second leading scorer (11.6 .ppg) and she led the league in three pointers made. Dooley was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.

Director of Athletics John D'Argenio presented the Vicki Armando Academic Excellence Award to seniors Michelle Blot (Colonie, NY) and Lauren Surber (Sayville, NY). Blot holds a 3.65 grade point average in marketing management and has landed on the MAAC All-Academic Selection three consecutive years. She averaged 2.6 .ppg and 1.9 .rpg. Blot was also co-captain of the team. She also sank a team best 8-for-8 at the charity stripe.

Surber, the fifth year senior was also honored with the award. Surber, an English major with a minor in psychology carries a 3.74 grade point average, most recently Surber was inducted into the College 4.0 Club for her most recent accomplishment of earning a 4.0 during the fall semester. Surber is also a two-time recipient of the MAAC New York Lotto Scholar Athlete of the Year award, and a three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree. During her junior year, Surber was honored as the league Defensive Player of the year. She ends her career with 666 points and 421 rebounds. The honor is given to the player who not only succeeds on the court but in the classroom as well.

Sophomore Laura Menty (Wilbraham, Mass.) was presented the Defensive Player of the Year Award from assistant coach Lorraine Morrissey. Menty finished the season as the teams leading scorer, averaging 14.1 points per game; she snatched 26 steals and grabbed 152 rebounds per game. Last season, Menty was named MAAC Rookie of the Week six times and picked up the league top honor as Rookie of the Year; she was also named to the All Rookie Team. During league preseason honors, Menty was named to the All-MAAC First Team.

Red-shirt freshman, Heather Stec (Cazenovia, NY) received the team Most Improved Player of the Year from head coach Gina Castelli. Stec led the Saints second unit in rebounds (73). She pulled down a career high nine rebounds this past season. Stec led the Saints with 10 blocks on the season.

The teams 2005-06 Most Valuable Player honors went to senior Whitney Cave (Portland, Ore.). Cave led the MAAC and the Saints in rebounds (8.4 .rpg) and ranked third on the team in points (9.3 .ppg). This past season, Cave was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic District I Second Team. Assistant Coach Vicky Best honored the all-around post player, who amassed a career best of 15 double-doubles. More impressively, during her junior year, Cave posted the seventh highest rebounding total in program history and was just two players in the MAAC to average a double-double in league play.

The banquet ended with recognition of the 2006 graduating class of team manager Mary Miller, Blot, Cave, Clark and Surber.