May 10, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova University women's basketball program held its annual end of the season banquet on Sunday, May 6. The event was held in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center.
Head coach Harry Perretta served as the feature speaker with University President Father Peter M. Donohue also offering remarks. Donohue praised the student-athletes for the first class manner in which they represent the university and he saluted the senior class for their hard work and dedication throughout their careers. Five Wildcats earned awards at the banquet, including junior forward Laura Sweeney, senior guards Sarah Jones and Lindsay Kimmel, junior forward Megan Pearson and junior forward Jessica Wamala.
Sweeney was named the team's MVP for the second straight season after leading the team in five statistical categories in 2011-12. She led the Wildcats in scoring (14.4 ppg.), rebounding (7.6 rpg.), field goal percentage (.504), steals (52) and blocks (39).
Jones and Kimmel earned the Coaches' Award for their perseverance this past season. Jones was limited to just three games this past year due to an injured knee, while Kimmel battled through a knee injury of her own all season long. Kimmel managed to play in 33 of the 34 games (28 starts) and average 4.2 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per contest. She also connected on 40 three-point field goals. The best game of her senior year came against Syracuse in the regular season finale when she scored 16 points, including a 5-of-7 effort from three-point range.
Pearson was awarded the Most Improved Player Award. After averaging 4.3 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per contest and tallying 63 assists, 22 three-point field goal and 14 steals in 2010-11, Pearson improved in every category this season. She played in all 34 games in 2011-12 and averaged 5.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per contest. She also added a team-high 87 assists, 30 steals and 29 three-point field goals.
Wamala garnered the Scholar-Athlete Award for her efforts in the classroom where she is a Honors Political Science and Arab and Islamic Studies major. Wamala was recently awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship. She is one of 60 individuals out of nearly 600 applicants to earn the scholarship. Truman Scholar candidates must be college juniors at the time of selection. The scholarship winners receive up to $30,000 in funding to pursue graduate degrees in a specific public service field. The Truman Foundation will also provide the scholarship winners with assistance in career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions and professional development.