PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 12, 2013) -- Friday evening marked the Rutgers women’s basketball program’s annual banquet, held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick as members of the Scarlet Knights were recognized.
Senior guard Erica Wheeler (Miami, Fla.) was honored with the Cagers Club Award, the Chelsea Newton Scarlet Heart Award, Most Inspirational/Courageous Player Award, Most Improved Scholar Athlete and named the Scarlet Knights’ 2012-13 MVP. Wheeler, who earned a 3.9 grade point average in the fall semester and will graduate in May with a degree in labor studies, led RU at 10.5 points per game. She was named Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST and Second Team All-Met after leading the Scarlet Knights 11 times along with 16 double figure performances. Wheeler finishes her career ranked 32nd on Rutgers All-Time scoring leaders list with 1,027 career points, fifth all-time at RU in three-point field goals made (157) and third in three-point field goals attempted (500) and 10th on the Scarlet Knight all-time three-point field goal percentage list (.314). Additionally, her 129 games in a RU uniform ties for eighth all-time in career appearance.
Senior center Monique Oliver (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned Offensive Player of the Year honors. Oliver led RU in scoring a team-best 11 times, including posting double figure scoring in 14 games along with a team-leading three double-doubles. She poured in a season-high 23 points at Marquette and Syracuse and also notched 20 points against George Washington. She finishes her career ranked 24th on the all-time scoring leaders list with 1,204 points and sixth on the all-time field goal percentage leaders list at a .550 clip.
Sophomore guard Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) was named the Scarlet Knights’ Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in-a-row. Davis collected 52 steals in her second year as a Scarlet Knight and led RU in the category eight times during the 2012-13 campaign. She also captured three or more steals in a game on nine occasions
Sophomore forward/center Christa Evans (Jackson, N.J.) and freshman center Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.) both earned Most Improved Player. Evans played in all 29 contests and when injury struck was asked to step up. She made nine starts and nearly tripled her scoring average from her rookie campaign. She shot .500 from the field and led RU in blocked shots six times. Hollivay, meanwhile, made five starts in her freshman season, including three of the last four games of the year. She averaged 7.2 points as a member of the starting five and scored all of her career-high 12 points in helping her team rally from a 19-point deficit to DePaul.
Senior Brittany Lapidus (Marlboro, N.J.) earned the team’s scholar-athlete award. A fan favorite and a double major in communications and exercise science and sports studies, Lapidus earned the Scarlet Knights’ highest grade point average from the past spring and fall semesters.
Senior manager Monique Wagner was named the team’s Manager of the Year.
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