Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coach Dan Glover and assistant coach Danette Laguerre presented the awards to the D'Youville women's basketball team.
Junior guard Monica June (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) came into her own this year, leading the team on the court and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after her breakout season. Her importance this season was proved by her numbers where she led the team with 11.2 PPG and a 35.1 3PT%, was second with 2.1 APG and 1.1 SPG, third with 27.3 MPG, and fourth with a 37.1 FG% during the 25 game schedule.
When it came to conference play, June's PPG, MPG, 3PT%, FT%, APG, and SPG all increased. Throughout the season, Monica had 16 games of double-figure scoring and she scored at least 12 points in nine of her last 11 games. She scored 20-plus points twice, including a career high 29 points in the season finale against La Roche. In each game this season, June collected at least one rebound and had a season high of eight. She also collected season highs of six assists and three steals. June was relied upon to be the primary ball-handler for the Spartans and at during the second half of the conference schedule she picked up her offensive production and became the lead option for D'Youville.
The second of the team's two captains, junior forward Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore), was one of the hardest workers this year and led with her voice and by example to earn the team's Spartan Award. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Playing and starting all 25 games this past season, Darian was a constant presence for the women. She was first on the team with a 41.2 FG%, second with 6.0 RPG, and third with 7.8 PPG. She recorded nine games of double-digit scoring numbers and five games a double-digit rebounds while tallying a pair of double-doubles. Evans came up big for her team over a seven game stretch where she averaged 9.6 PPG and 7.7 RPG from the middle to end of January. Her consistency and leadership have been staples of the team for the past several seasons.
By season's end, freshman forward Sara Field (Durhamville, NY/VVS) was one of the women's most impactful players. Her growth throughout the season earned her the team's Most Improved Player award.
In the second half of the season, Field turned a corner in her game. After scoring double-figures twice in the first 12 games of the season, Sara scored double-figures five times in the second half of the season and shot above 45% from the field in eight of those games. Her playing time increased as well with her playing 12 or more minutes in 11 of the final 12 games in the season. Field finished the season fourth in scoring a 6.6 PPG and fifth in rebounding at 3.9 RPG.
(Pictured left to right: Coach Laguerre, Evans, Field, June, Coach Glover)