April 11, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Katelynn Flaherty was named the Most Valuable Player for the second straight season to highlight eight awards given out as the University of Michigan women's basketball team celebrated its 2016-17 season at its awards banquet on Tuesday night (April 11) on the floor of Crisler Center.
Flaherty was named MVP after leading Michigan in scoring (20.2 ppg) for the second straight season. She reached the 20-point plateau 20 times while putting together three 30-point games. Flaherty scored a career-high 38 points at Ohio State (Jan. 7), hitting a program-record eight triples in the contest. The junior scored 746 points on the season, second to her own school-record 774 points she put in as a sophomore. She ended with 109 three-pointers, one away from Kate Thompson's record of 110. She was a consensus All-Big Ten first teamer, earning a unanimous selection by the coaches. Flaherty was named the MVP of the WNIT, a WBCA All-America honorable mention and to the Paradise Jam all-tournament team earlier this season. Flaherty's 2,019 career points are second to program leader Diane Dietz (2,076), while she already is the career leader in three-pointers made (292).
Senior Siera Thompson was the recipient of the Diane Dietz Michigan Way Award, which is given to honor the student-athlete who best embodies the values and work ethic of a Michigan women's basketball player. Thompson averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 34.0 minutes per game during her final season in the Maize and Blue. The senior leaves Michigan as the all-time record holder in games played (141), minutes played (4,776), assists (553) and free throw percentage (.897). She is only the second player in school history with at least 1,000 points (1,451, 9th), 500 assists (553, 1st) and 400 rebounds (480, 24th).
Senior Danielle Williams was given both the Academic Excellence honoree, given to the player who achieved on the court and in the classroom, and the Heart and Hustle award for stickers accumulated during games. Williams appeared in all 38 games, starting 21 times as U-M went 17-4 with her in the starting lineup. She averaged 1.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. Williams, who will graduate in May with a degree in psychology, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and plans to attend graduate school. She and Thompson leave U-M as the winningest class in school history (89).
Junior Jillian Dunston took home two awards on the evening, first winning the Leaders and Best Award, which is given to the player who accumulated the most practice points in categories established by the coaching staff. Dunston was also the winner of the Unsung Hero Award, given to the player whose contributions might not always appear in a box score but are invaluable to the team. Dunston started all 38 games for the Maize and Blue, averaging 5.8 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. Dunston totaled 286 rebounds on the season, the fourth-best total in school history, and led U-M with 60 steals. She had 12 double-figure rebounding games.
Sophomore Hallie Thome was named the Most Improved Player after upping her freshman totals in points, rebounds, free throw percentage, assists, minutes and blocks. Thome was second on the team in points per game (16.2) and rebounds per game (7.1) while leading U-M in blocks (74) and adding 57 assists. She was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and reached double figures in all but two games. Thome turned in a career-high 37 points at Wisconsin (Jan. 1) and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for that performance. The lefty became the third sophomore in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and has 1,105 points through two seasons. She was named to the WNIT all-tournament team and the Paradise Jam all-tournament team.
Sophomore Nicole Munger was given the Samantha Provenzano Perseverance Award, given to the player who overcame adversity to contribute to the team's success. Munger appeared in 35 games during her sophomore campaign, battling a foot injury that cost her two games. Despite being limited in practice, Munger still averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Munger turned in the game-winning layup against Iowa (Feb. 5) with 10 seconds remaining and scored seven of Michigan's 13 points in the third overtime of its WNIT championship game against Georgia Tech (April 1).
Michigan finished the 2016-17 campaign as WNIT champions following an 89-79 triple-overtime win over Georgia Tech. U-M set new program records for wins (28), points (2,846), home wins (19), winning percentage (.756), three-pointers made (279) and rebounds (1,403).
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