Stanford had its end of the year banquet on April 15th and C and R were busy filing their taxes. Here’s what they missed. Lots of awards were given out.
Let's Start with the individuals:Senior guard/forward Jillian Harmon brought her memorable Stanford career to a close in 2008-09 with one of her finest statistical seasons (stole that quote and the rest of this paragragh from the Stanford site!). Harmon's 9.6 points per game, 98 assists and 52 steals were all career bests, while her 47.7 percent shooting from the field was the second-best mark of her four-year career. Harmon's usual hard-nosed, hustling style of play helped her become Stanford's 29th 1,000-point scorer and earned her a spot on the All-Pac-10 Second Team and All-Defensive Team at the end of the regular season.
Jayne Appel was named the team's Most Outstanding Player, of course. She broke Candice Wiggins’ post-season single scoring record of 44, by scoring 46 against Iowa State in the regional finals, at Berkeley, no less! Jillian Harmon (our Jill—what are we going to do when now that she is graduating?) was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and we loved her hustle and instinct to get rebounds. Most Improved Player award went to unsung, unheralded, Jeanette Pohlen, who stepped up well to the point guard role this year. Freshman Sarah Boothe was awarded the Lizard Lung award at the end of the banquet, whatever the heck that is.
Well, we definitely were tall, and maybe the best rebounding team in Stanford history. Through 38 games, the Cardinal grabbed single-season record 1,663 rebounds. That is an average of 43.8 per game, the third-best average in school history. The team's rebounding margin of +13.2 became the best in school history.
Oh, in the National Polls, Stanford came in at No. 2 in the final regular-season edition of the Associated Press Poll and at No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Too bad we went in the final game.
Can't wait until next year.