April 22, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball held its team awards for the 2013-14 season Monday night.
Senior guard Rena Wakama earned the top honor with the MVP award. A 2014 Southern Conference Second Team All-Tournament selection, Wakama averaged 10.5 points per game - a season best for the Raleigh, N.C. native. She scored in double figures in 17 games and scored 20 or more points twice.
Sophomore Erika Joseph earned the Most Improved award. She doubled her scoring average from her freshman campaign going from 2.0 points per game to 4.5 her sophomore year. She scored in double figures four times, including pouring in a career-high 17 points against Davidson on February 22, 2014. She also had her first double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against UNCG (Feb. 17, 2014).
Other awards included junior Ali Lane receiving the Coaches Award and senior Alex Abraham being given the Best Defense Award.
Wakama and junior Justin Taylor also received their plaques for earning SoCon All-Tournament honors. Taylor was named to the SoCon All-Tournament First Team.
Taylor, from Gastonia, N.C., who scored a career-high 26 points in the 75-70 SoCon Tournament quarterfinal win over second seeded Furman, averaged 21.7 points per game in the Catamounts' three games in the tournament. She scored in double figures in all three games including twice scoring 20 or more points. Taylor was also a perfect 19-for-19 from the free throw line, hitting 13-of-13 from the charity stripe against Furman, and also shot 58.1 percent from the field.