Rhoads Named Team MVP at Banquet; Seniors Recognized

PHILADELPHIA - Junior guard Joey Rhoads, who led her team in scoring with 19.3 points per game, was named the Penn women's basketball Most Valuable Player at the team banquet held April 9 at The Inn at Penn.

In addition, Rhoads was also give the team's Best Defensive Player Award (she paced the Quakers with 29 steals) and the Epton-Tarr Award, which is given to theindividual who has proved to be the consummate team player throughout the season.

Senior Jennifer Fleischer was given the Harschberger-Johnson-Brendel Prize for Sportsmanship, Loyalty and Leadership, an award given to the person who exemplifies the building of bridgesbetween Penn players and alumni.

Fellow seniors Rachel Wilson and Henley Hansen were honored as well, with Wilson winning the Hustle Award and Hansen taking home the Unsung Hero Award.

The Most Improved Player Award was given to freshman Kelly Scott, who became a staple in the Quaker lineup late in the season and led all rookies with 4.5 points per game.

"The banquet was all about how we are very thankful of the effort by our seniors over the years," said head coach Patrick Knapp. "We also pointed out the invaluable play of co-captain Joey Rhoads and how she was a team player throughout the year. But again, we particularly want to congratulate all of our seniors for outstanding careers here at Penn."