MSU Women's Hoops Hand Out End of Year Awards

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball program celebrated the 2004-05 season Monday with its annual team banquet at the Hunter Henry Center. Head coach Sharon Fanning's Lady Bulldogs concluded the 2004-05 season with a 17-12 record and a sixth-place finish in the SEC with a 6-8 league record and appearance in the WNIT. Fanning concluded her 10th season at State tallying a 170-125 MSU record and 493-351 career record in 29 years coaching.<P>

The four seniors highlighted the awards at this year's banquet. Taking home four of them was all-American Tan White. White was not in attendance because she was fulfilling her obligations to the WNBA'S Indiana Fever by attending rookie orientation and the first day of training camp. The Tupelo, Miss. native received the Free Throw Percentage Award (.750) going 138-for-184 from the line. She also was recognized for her defensive efforts given the Most Deflections Award, Best Rebounder Award, for leading the team averaging 7.7 rebounds per game and also the Best Defensive Player Award, concluding her career as the SEC's all-Time Career Steals leader with 372 to her name.

Guard Tiania Burns took home the Field Goal Percentage Award, leading the team with .428 percentage from the floor going 124-for-290. The Nashville, Tenn. standout tallied 729 career points and started all 58 games played in two years with the Maroon and White. Guard Ebonie Ferguson was named the Most Improved Player after excelling in her last year, seeing action in all 29 games and averaging 5.3 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game. The Gadsden, Ala. product concluded her MSU career in seventh place on MSU's three-point field goal percentage list (.351).

Cashion, Okla. native Rebecca Kates received the coveted Coaches Award as well as the Newsom Academic Award and Sonny Mullins Community Service Award. The 6-0 forward made 321 of her 615 total career points from three-point land. Her 107 three-pointers made in 121 career games, rank her sixth best on the MSU career chart. Kates was recognized as a three-time member of the SEC Good Works Team as well as named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.

Junior guard Doceide Warren was honored with the Most Assists Award for recording 100. The point guard concluded the season tied for fourth in the SEC, averaging 3.45 assists per game. In addition she boasted a positive assist/turnover ratio, fifth in the league with a 1.64 ratio.

Awards
Field Goal Percentage - Tiania Burns
Free Throw Percentage - Tan White
Most Assists - Doceide Warren
Most Deflections - Tan White
Most Improved Player - Ebonie Ferguson
Best Rebounder - Tan White
Best Defensive Player - Tan White
Coaches Award - Rebecca Kates
Newsom Academic Award - Rebecca Kates
Sonny Mullins Community Service Award - Rebecca Kates
6th Player Award - Ben & Peggy Kates
Fanatics Academic Award - Derrick Franklin
Fanatics Service Award - Jay Johnson


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