April 11, 2002
BERKELEY - California senior center Ami Forney was named the 2001-02 women's basketball team MVP at the annual banquet Thursday night at H's Lordship's Restaurant in the Berkeley Marina.
Forney, who earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition, led Cal in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and blocked shots (0.4 bpg) in 2001-02. She ranked 14th in the league in scoring, seventh in rebounding and fifth in field goal percentage (.507). The Newark, Calif., product finished her career with 741 points, 537 rebounds and 14 double-doubles.
Other awards issued included:
Most Improved - Luana Coloma
Best Defensive Player - Amber White
Most Inspirational - Janet Franey and Luana Coloma
All-Cal - Michelle Wald
Saul Becker/Coaches Award - Kristin Iwanaga
Community Service Award - Leigh Gregory
Coloma, a 5-6 guard, saw action in 19 games as a sophomore after playing in only three as a freshman. The honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honoree also made one start at USC on Feb. 24.
White, a 6-0 junior, started 27 of 28 games at small forward for the Bears in 2001-02 and averaged 5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.9 apg. She led the team with 46 steals after swiping a combined 50 in her first two seasons.
Franey provided a young Cal squad needed leadership as one of only two seniors. The 5-8 guard saw action in 13 games and contributed a career-high eight points in Cal's 80-45 victory over Lipscomb. She also was an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 selection.
Iwanaga started 27 of 28 games at point guard as a freshman and averaged 7.1 ppg, 2.9 apg and 2.7 rpg. The co-captain also paced Cal in free throw (.863) and three-point (.411) shooting. Her free throw percentage ranked third in the Pac-10 and was second all-time in school history to Mia Kuusisto's .877 mark in 1986-87.
Wald personifies what it means to be a Cal student-athlete. The 5-9 junior has played three seasons of basketball and field hockey at Cal and has maintained outstanding grades as a business administration major. In basketball, she played in 13 games this year for the Bears and earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 recognition.
Gregory, a 6-0 forward, was one of two freshmen who started regularly (18 of 24 games she played) for the Bears this season. She averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg and shot 44.4 percent from the field. Over the final seven games, she averaged 9.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Off the court, Gregory was the team's most active player in the community.
Cal finished the 2001-02 season with a 7-21 record but returns four starters and 13 letterwinners next season