April 18, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Seniors Alke Dietel (Halle, Germany) and Jen Kerns (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) shared the Washington State women's basketball most valuable player award to highlight the team ceremony Monday night.
Dietel, who was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention, led WSU with 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Her scoring average ranked fifth in the Pac-10.
Kerns was second among the Cougars in scoring with 10.9 per game and led the team with 4.07 assists per game, which was fifth-best in the conference.
Both players were honored by the teammates, as were juniors Victoria Harrod (Nepean, Ontario)-Most Inspirational, Yvonne Volkman (Richland, Wash.)-Best Defensive and freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.)-Most Improved.
Harrod broke her right arm in the first game of the season (Nov. 20 at Utah) and it was feared the injury was season-ending. However, she returned a little over a month later (Dec. 30 vs. St. Mary's) and went on to earn 12 starts during Pac-10 play. She finished the season with 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Volkman, who finished second to Dietel in both defensive and total rebounds, led WSU in blocked shots. She was also named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Berglund earned All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention after averaging 4.9 points and four rebounds per contest.
Junior Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) was presented with the team Strength and Conditioning Award.
Players were also recognized for their academic success. This included All-Pac-10 Academic Team members Harrod and Nyseth as well as Dietel (second team All-Pac-10) and junior Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.) who was named to the Honorable Mention Team.
Dietel was also honored for her selection to the GTE Academic All-America Second Team for District VIII as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.