|Vandals Celebrate 2014|
MOSCOW, Idaho—The Idaho women’s basketball team celebrated the 2013-14 season Wednesday night, handing out end of season awards highlighted by senior Alyssa Charlston. Charlston was awarded the Vandal Award, as the player who exemplifies Vandal Pride, Tradition and Excellence both on and off the court. She was also awarded the Most Inspirational Player. All awards were voted on by the team.
Charlston closed her career at Idaho as one of the best to ever don the Silver and Gold. She appeared in a school-record 130 consecutive games, playing in every game over the past four seasons. She finished fifth all-time in scoring with 1,587 career-points. Charlston’s name will be cemented in the Idaho record books with 128 blocks (fourth), 855 rebounds (fourth), 601 field goals (fifth), 429 free-throws attempted (seventh), 290 free-throws (ninth), a 36 percent three-point field goal percentage (ninth) and 95 three-pointers (t-10th).
Junior Stacey Barr added to her collection of post season awards. Barr, previously named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the WAC Tournament MVP and the North Idaho Hall of Fame’s Female College Player of the Year, was voted as the team’s offensive MVP. The Melbourne, Australia native, averaged 18.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34 games. Barr scored double figures in 31-of-34 games this season, posting 20 or more points in 16 games. She set a new career-high with a 35-point performance against Chicago State in the WAC Quarterfinals. Her 620 points ranked fourth best by a Vandal in a single season.
Sophomore Ali Forde earned the honor of Best Defensive Player. She led the WAC 1.8 blocks per game, totaling 52 on the season. She swatted a career-best seven shots against New Mexico State on Jan. 11. Forde finished the season with six double-doubles (points and rebounds), including two in the WAC Tournament. Forde averaged 7.9 boards per game. She snagged 10 or more rebounds in eight games, matching her career-high of 15 against Grand Canyon on Jan. 23.
Freshman Brooke Reilly was voted as the Most Improved Player of the 2013-14 season. Reilly played in a total for 27 games for the Vandals. She averaged 5.2 points and 4.4 rebounds, playing in 16 minutes per game off the bench. Reilly missed Idaho’s final seven games of the season due to injury.