April 26, 2009
FORT WORTH—The TCU women's basketball team honored its 2008-09 season award winners at the Fast Breakers’ annual postseason banquet held Sunday evening at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center on the TCU campus.
Six major awards were handed out during the event, which also included a season highlight video and special recognition of Micaela Younger, the lone senior member of this season’s squad.
The award winners included: sophomore Helena Sverrisdottir, Team MVP; sophomore Emily Carter, Offensive MVP; junior TK LaFleur, Defensive MVP; freshman Antoinette Thompson, Freshman of the Year; and junior Eboni Mangum, Janice Dziuk Award. Carter also took home the team’s top academic honor, the Laurie Fetter Academic Award, after posting a 3.8 grade-point average during the past semester.
Sverrisdottir earned Team MVP honors after becoming only the second player in program history to lead the Lady Frogs in scoring (15.8 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and assists (4.8 apg) during the same season. She also placed her name in the TCU record books by finishing second on the program’s single-season free throws made list (147), third in assists (149), sixth in scoring (491) and eighth in free-throw percentage (81.2 percent). Sverrisdottir became only the seventh Lady Frog to be selected first-team all-conference, and only the third in TCU’s Mountain West Conference era.
Carter had a breakout season as a sophomore, taking her game to another level in conference season on her way to earning team Offensive MVP honors. She totaled 11.4 points per game overall during the season, including a 13.9-point average in league games that ranked tied with LaFleur for fifth in the MWC. Carter was a second-team All-MWC selection.
LaFleur, in addition to ranking second among Frogs with a 14.7-point scoring average and leading the MWC in 3-point field-goal percentage (39.8 percent), gave the squad a big boost on the defensive end of the court throughout the season. She led the team in steals and ranked fifth in the conference with an average of 2.03 steals per contest. Like Carter, LaFleur was a second-team All-MWC selection.
Thompson, one of three freshmen to see action for the TCU in 2008-09, appeared in 29 of 31 contests. She played an average of 13.4 minutes per game while providing the Frogs with one of their most high-energy defensive presences. The 5-7 native of Fort Worth also gave TCU flexibility in its lineup by allowing the team to move Sverrisdottir all over the court when she was brought into the game at point guard.
Mangum earned TCU’s Janice Dziuk Award named for the third-leading scorer and rebounder in TCU history. The honor recognizes a player each year who provides leadership and exudes great effort both on and off the basketball floor. Mangum provided one of the team’s most inspirational stories this past season by playing in 12 games despite suffering a complete ACL tear prior to the start of the season.