The Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 Head Coach Belle Koclanes announced the 2017-18 Dartmouth women’s basketball postseason award winners at the team’s annual banquet at the Hanover Inn on Thursday night.
Last weekend the Big Green wrapped up the regular season last weekend, finishing with a 15-12 record overall, the first winning record since the 2008-09 season.
Senior Kate Letkewicz was awarded the Gail Koziara ’82 Most Valuable Player Award to cap off a successful career playing in the green and white. The guard finished her four years by becoming the 14th all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,114 points, and she also is third all-time in three-point field goals made, sixth in three’s attempted, 12th in rebounds, 15th in field goals attempted and 16th in field goals made. Letkewicz took over as the leading scorer on the second half of the season, helping the team to some key victories like the overtime win at Yale in February.
Seniors and co-captains Andi Norman and Emily Slagle both were awarded the Larry Leavitt Leadership Award, which is given to a person who has shown hard work, dedication and improvement during the season. Both Norman and Slagle played in all 27 games this season with 25 and 24 starts respectively.
Norman continued to dominate from three-point range, with 44-of-119 shots made from beyond the arc and strong games against Ohio State and Cornell. In Columbus the Upper Arlington, Ohio native made 7-of-14 three’s and scored a team-high 23 points.
Slagle’s contributions both offensively and defensively helped the Big Green along in several games, averaging 8.1 points-per-game and scoring a new career-high 18 points at Princeton in February.
The Don Goss Spirit Award was awarded to sophomore guard Grace Phillips. The award is given to the person who best embodies the spirit and determination that are a rich part of the Dartmouth women’s basketball tradition. Phillips had a strong voice throughout the year cheering on her teammates no matter the situation or opponent. The guard saw action against Columbia and on the road at Penn this season.
Junior guard Cy Lippold was award with the “GO Award,” which is awarded to the Big Green player who consistently demonstrated a commitment to improving the growth opportunities of her game. Lippold appeared in 16 games in the 2016-17 season with only one start averaging 2.1 points per game. Given the starting job for the 2017-18 season, the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania native started all 27 games of the year and was the team’s leading scorer through 22 games this season, at one point averaging 14 points per game and led the team in assists. The junior led the way in nine different games, posting a new career-high 24 points at Colorado leading the team to the first PAC-12 victory in program history. Lippold finished the year averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2 steals.