The womens basketball team held its annual post-season banquet on Tuesday evening, April 25. In addition to team awards for 1999-00, head coach Kathy Delaney Smith announced that juniors Kristen Boike and Melissa Johnson have been elected captains of the 2000-01 squad.
Team MVP honors were won by senior captain Laela Sturdy. Sturdy enjoyed her finest season in a Crimson uniform, as she led the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), field goal percentage (134-261, .515), and three-point field goal percentage (36-76, .473), and ranked second in rebounding (6.9 rpg) while adding 2.2 assists per game. She was the top three-point shooter in the Ivy League and one of the best in the country, ranking as high as second in the nation through the end of February.
Senior Courtney Egelhoff was named the squads best defensive player. Egelhoff was the only player to start all 26 games, and averaged a career-best 8.5 points per game and added 3.5 rebounds per contest. She was second on the team in assists (62), third in steals (26), and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Mount St. Marys in December.
Most improved player honors were earned by sophomore Laura Barnard. A quick, athletic guard, Barnard saw her playing time increase late in the season as injuries altered the starting lineup.
The Harvard Pride Award was given to junior Kristen Boike. The award honors that player who best exemplifies commitment, unselfishness, and enthusiasm within her role.
Joining Boike in the role of captain will be Melissa Johnson. Johnson was an Honorable Mention All-Ivy pick despite missing seven of the final eight games due to a knee injury.
The Crimson finished with a 16-10 overall record, and was 9-5 in the Ancient Eight, good for a second-place finish. Harvard was in the hunt for the Ivy League title until the next-to-last game of the season.