CHAMPAIGN — Junior guard Adrienne GodBold on Thursday was named the Illinois women's basketball team's Most Valuable Player for the 2011-12 season.
The Chicago Marshall product collected three awards, including Sixth Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. GodBold, the Big Ten's Sixth Player of the Year, finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.6 points per game. She averaged 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in conference play, and in the last 11 games of the season she averaged 15.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.
GodBold shared Defensive Player of the Year honors with Karisma Penn, a third-team All-Big Ten honoree. Penn was third in the Big Ten with 2.1 blocks per game.
Kersten Magrum and Ivory Crawford shared the Most Courageous award. Magrum, who was second on the team in scoring this season (11.4 points per game) missed most of the 2010-11 season with a stress fracture in her foot and missed most of the Big Ten season this year while battling a concussion. Crawford averaged 6.6 points in her first season with the Illini.
Amber Moore won the Coaches Award and the Ralf Woods Free Throw Award for making 83 percent of her free throws in conference play.
Senior Lydia McCully, who averaged 36.3 minutes per game, won the Iron Woman award. Centrese McGee, who missed the season with a torn ACL, was the Most Inspirational Award winner, and Alexis Burke was the Most Improved Award winner.
In men's golf:
Pieters feted. Thomas Pieters, who tied for sixth at the Augusta State Invitational, was named the Big Ten's men's Golfer of the Week.
The sophomore from Nijlen, Belgium, fired a 9-under-par 207 for the Illini, who finished third to No. 1 Texas and two-time defending NCAA champion Augusta State.