April 10, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California seniors Leigh Gregory and Kristin Iwanaga were named the 2004-05 Golden Bear Most Valuable Players at the annual banquet Sunday night at H's Lordships in the Berkeley Marina.
Gregory, a 6-0 forward, ended her Cal career ranked 11th all-time in school history in scoring with 1,136 points, only eight points behind Jennie Leander (1996-99, 1,144) for a share of 10th place. Gregory, a product of Pleasant Hill, Calif., led the Bears in scoring this season at 11.2 ppg (11th Pac-10) and tied for second in rebounding at 4.1 rpg. This season, she also was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree.
Iwanaga, a 5-6 guard, ended her Cal career as the Pac-10's all-time best free throw shooter at 89.0 percent (235-264). The Santa Clara, Calif., native led the nation in free throw percentage this year at 93.4, which broke the previous Pac-10 record of 90.8, set by Shaquala Williams in 2001-02. As a senior, Iwanaga also averaged career bests for scoring (10.3 ppg), rebounding (3.6 rpg), field goal percentage (50.0%) and three-point field goal percentage (52.4). A 2004-05 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, Iwanaga was Cal's co-MVP with Nihan Anaz in 2002-03.
Other awards announced Sunday included:
Most Improved - Renee Wright and Khadijah Coakley Best Defensive Player - Krista Foster Alisa Lewis Most Inspirational - Khadijah Coakley All-Cal - Jacqueline Sanchez Saul Becker Coaches Award - Kristin Iwanaga and Krista Foster