April 10, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Departing senior Keisha Moore earned most valuable player honors to highlight the Washington State women's basketball team awards banquet, Friday, April 7 at the WSU campus.
Moore, a 6-foot-2 center from Riverside, Calif., who transferred to WSU from Idaho after her sophomore year, led the team in scoring (11.4/game), blocks (33 total) and field goals made (109), while averaging 6.8 rebounds a game.
Moore reached double figures in scoring 15 times this season, including a career-high 28 points against Arizona on Jan. 28. She ends her two-year career as a Cougar in fifth place on the all-time career blocked shots list with 59.
Junior co-captain Kate Benz took home the Team Player award, after a season that included a Pac-10 Player of the Week selection, All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors, and Pac-10 All-Academic first team recognition for her efforts in the classroom.
The 6-foot-2 forward from Portland, Ore., repeated as the Pac-10 rebounding champion, while making her way to fourth place on the WSU all-time career rebounding list with 696. Benz averaged 9.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and recorded seven double-doubles while never missing a start.
Three newcomers also garnered honors as voted on by their teammates, with freshmen Katie Appleton (Cougar Power award), Ebonee Coates (Most Improved award) and Amanda DuRocher (Outstanding Newcomer award) earning recognition.
Appleton, a 5-foot-8 guard from Big Bear Lake, Calif., saw action in all 28 games, 25 as a starter, and averaged 8.5 points and 3.3 rebounds a contest while handing out a team-high 59 assists.
DuRocher, 5-foot-9 guard from Spanaway, Wash., averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds a game. Appleton and DuRocher combined for a WSU freshman record 100 three-pointers in their 2005-06 campaign. The two are tied for sixth place on the WSU single-season three-pointers made list, with 50 each.
Coates, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Tacoma, Wash., saw action in all 28 games, starting five. She had 22 blocks during the year, along with a 2.6 point scoring average, while pulling down 3.1 rebounds per game.