Women's Hoop Award Winners Announced

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the 2005-06 individual award winners.

Sophomore guard Chakhia Cole garnered three awards: Chairman of the Boards, Best Defender and the Heart and Hustle award.

The Marlboro, N.J., native averaged a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest, 12th-best in the Big East in 2005-06, and finished the season with 221 rebounds, marking the second consecutive year she grabbed 200 or more caroms. She also tallied a team-best 47 steals and blocked 19 shots, second-best on the team.

Junior guard Meg Bulger picked up the Leading Scorer and Best Free Throw Percentage awards. The Pittsburgh native averaged a team-best 19.8 points per contest in 18 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury at St. John's, Jan. 29. At the time of her injury, Bulger was averaging 3.5 3-point field goals per contest, tops in the nation.

She shot a team-best 82.5% (47-57) from the free throw and is currently WVU's all-time free throw percentage leader at 83.4%.

Freshman point guard Ashley Powell garnered the Playmaker Award after she doled out 124 assists and a four assists-per-game average. The Detroit native was ninth in the Big East in that category and was amongst the national freshman leaders in assists.

Sophomore shooting guard LaQuita Owens was named the team's Most Improved Player. She averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest after appearing in all 31 contests with 13 starts. She made a career-high 47 3-pointers on the year, second-best on the team, and scored a career-high 20 points in WVU's upset win over No. 11 DePaul.

Senior center Yelena Leuchanka picked up the Sixth Woman Award after appearing in all 31 games and averaging 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. She posted a team-best 34 blocks and her field goal percentage (56.9%) marked the second-highest single season mark in school history.

West Virginia finished the season at 15-16 but reached the Big East championship contest for the first time program history.

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