Bearcats Announce Team Awards at Annual Banquet|
April 13, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team held its annual postseason banquet Sunday afternoon at the Richard E. Lindner Center on campus. In addition to a season recap from head coach Jamelle Elliott and a highlight video, the program also announced the postseason award winners for the Bearcats.
Senior Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) earned the team’s Most Valuable Player award for the first time in her career. The forward was twice selected as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Player of the week.
In addition she earned the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week honor on Dec. 17 after recording a double-double during a 64-49 win over Ohio State. She was one of three American Athletic Conference players to earn the award during the year. Randolph also earned All-Conference Second-Team honors. Randolph averaged 11.8 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Bearcats this season while shooting 51.5% from the field.
Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) was named the Bearcats’ Most Improved Player. The sophomore surged during the second half of the conference season, becoming the team’s third-leading scorer over the last 12 games of the season at 8.2 points per game. Whitfield also dished out 26 of her 29 assists over the last 12 games. She drained a season-best 16 points in her first starting assignment against Rutgers.
Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) was selected as the Bearcats’ Ironman Award while Chelsea Jamison (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple) was named the Bearcats’ Unsung Hero. Lovett was one of only two players this season to start every game while Jamison played in 29 of 31 games, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.
In addition to the team awards, Vickie and Steve Brash were honored as the Bearcats’ Most Valuable Supporters, an award given out annually to the top fans of Cincinnati women’s basketball.