BERKELEY, Calif. - Pac-10 All-Freshman team honoree Masa Radovic and the team's leading scorer, sophomore forward Paige Bowie, shared top honors at the Cal women's basketball banquet April 7 at Hs Lordships, as the pair were named co-Most Valuable Players for the 1997-98 season.
Radovic, who stepped in and played both backcourt positions as a rookie for the Bears, finished second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg) and dished out a team-high 2.9 assists per game. The 6-1 Yugoslavian was named to the five-player Pac-10 All-Freshman team, becoming only the second Cal player in the '90s to earn that distinction. Bowie closed out the season on a high note, averaging 18.6 points over the final six games of the season, including a pair of career-high 24-point performances. Bowie sas the team's leading scorer (11.0) and ranked second on the team in assists and steals.
Freshman guard Kenya Corley was named Most Improved Player, and junior point guard Sherrise Smith earned Best Defensive Player honors. For the second straight season, junior center Jennie Leander was named winner of the Saul Becker Award (attitude, work ethic, spirit), while sophomore center Geneva McDaniel earned the All-Cal award, for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.
Three Cal players earned Pac-10 Conference All-Academic team honors this season, with Leander earning first team honors, Bowie claiming second team kudos, and McDaniel earning honorable mention.