The Toledo women's basketball team officially put the finishing touches on a record-setting 2012-13 campaign with its annual postseason reception on Sunday afternoon in Savage Arena. The end-of-the-year celebration was an opportunity to recognize the efforts of the program while also honoring the winningest senior class in school history — Kyle Baumgartner, Riley McCormick, Yolanda Richardson, Naama Shafir and Lecretia Smith.
The Rockets captured their second Mid-American Conference regular-season championship in the last three seasons in 2012-13, finishing with a 29-4 overall ledger and a 15-1 league mark to equal the school record for victories. UT also earned its fourth-straight appearance in the Postseason WNIT, advancing to the ‘Sweet 16' for a third-consecutive year.
The complete list of award winners is as follows:
• Senior Yolanda Richardson (Toledo, OH)
Richardson contributed 9.5 points, a squad-best 7.2 rebounds and a team-best 1.3 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game, earning second-team All-MAC accolades for a second-straight season.
Richardson led the league in overall field goal percentage (58.6%, 146-of-249) for a second-consecutive year, as well as ranking third in offensive boards (3.1 rpg), fourth in rejections, sixth in overall rebounding, 13th in defensive caroms (4.0 rpg) and 25th in scoring. She scored in double figures on 15 occasions this season, fourth-highest total on the team, grabbed at least seven rebounds a squad-best 17 times and swatted at least three shots a team-high eight times.
The Toledo native concluded her collegiate career first in school history in blocked shots (213, second-most in MAC history), second in games played (136), third in overall field goal percentage (56.6%, 490-of-866) and 21st in scoring (1,062).
• Senior Naama Shafir (Hoshaya, Israel) & Sophomore Inma Zanoguera (Llucmajor, Spain)
Shafir averaged a squad-best 12.8 points, a team-high 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. The runner-up for 2012-13 MAC Player of the Year finished third in the league in helpers and assist/turnover ratio (1.6), fifth in free throw percentage (79.5%, 97-of-122), seventh in scoring, 13th in thefts and 14th in three-point field goal percentage (31.1%, 37-of-119).
The only Rocket to start all 33 games this season, Shafir paced the team in dimes a team-high 20 times, scoring a squad-best 12 occasions, thefts on 10 occasions and rejections three times.
The four-time All-MAC honoree wrapped up her collegiate career first in Toledo annals in career helpers (722), minutes played (4,218) and games played (139), second in free throws attempted (696), third in steals (227) and free throws made (538), fourth in field goals attempted (1,476), fifth in points (1,874), sixth in field goals made (601), seventh in free throw percentage (77.3%, 538-of-696) and tied for ninth in scoring average (13.5 ppg).
Zanoguera tallied 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.4 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game, garnering third-team All-MAC recognition. The second-year letterwinner ranked eighth in the conference in overall field goal percentage (46.9%, 143-of-305), 11th in thefts, 13th in helpers, 15th in defensive caroms (4.0 rpg) and 20th in scoring and overall rebounding.
The 2012-13 Academic All-MAC honoree led the squad in steals 10 times, rebounding on eight occasions and scoring, helpers and thefts seven times.
Zanoguera played her best basketball during the WNIT run, contributing a team-high 17.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg and a squad-best 3.0 spg in 37.0 mpg.
Best Defender Award
• Junior Andola Dortch (Akron, OH) & Senior Lecretia Smith (Fort Wayne, IN)
Dortch was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year for a second-straight season in 2012-13, becoming only the fourth player in league history to earn the award on more than one occasion.
The 2012-13 first-team All-MAC selection led the league in thefts (2.7), collecting at least three steals in a game a team-high 15 times. Her 88 steals sits eighth in school history in a single season.
Overall this season, Dortch averaged 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a team-high 2.7 steals in a squad-best 30.8 minutes per game. The third-year letterwinner also ranked fourth in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), eighth in helpers, 14th in three-point field goals made (1.2) and 15th in scoring and free throw percentage (69.4%, 77-of-111).
The Akron, OH native also scored in double figures in 17 contests, third-highest total on squad, finishing with a season-best 24 points at Big East member Marquette (Dec. 15).
Dortch currently sits fourth in Toledo annals in career steals (217), ninth in assists (375) and 22nd in scoring (1,060).
Smith contributed 5.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 25.5 minutes per game. Despite being an undersized frontcourt performer, the two-time team captain ranked 16th in the MAC in overall rebounding. She led the team in caroms eight times, as well as steals on six occasions and assists three times.
Smith wrapped up her collegiate career tied for sixth in school history in games played (128) and seventh in overall field goal percentage (51.7%, 268-of-518).
Most Improved Award
• Sophomore Inma Zanoguera (Llucmajor, Spain)
Whatever it Takes Award
• Senior Lecretia Smith (Fort Wayne, IN)
Most Inspirational Award
• Senior Riley McCormick (Cleveland, OH)
McCormick was fourth on the team with 24 triples in 2012-13. She made at least two treys in a game on four occasions and shot 32.4 percent (24-of-74) from beyond the arc.
For the season, she averaged 2.6 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.2 steals in 8.8 minutes per game. The honorable mention Academic All-MAC honoree tied her career high with four treys and totaled 12 points in 17 minutes vs. Santa Clara in the opening game of the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic (Nov. 23).
Academic Award (top GPA for Fall semester and first portion of Spring semester)
• Senior Naama Shafir (Hoshaya, Israel) & Senior Lecretia Smith (Fort Wayne, IN)
Shafir has been a member of UT's Dean's List on six occasions, including a perfect 4.0 GPA in Spring 2012. She was recently named to the Academic All-MAC Team, along with teammates Richardson and Zanougera, becoming only the fourth player in school history to be selected to the academic squad on three occasions.
Smith has also been a member of Dean's List the last two semesters.
Sixth Man Award (sponsored by Igniters, the Rockets Fan Club)
• Senior Kyle Baumgartner (Atlanta, GA)
Baumgartner averaged 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 blocks and 0.5 steals in 13.3 minutes per game in 2012-13. She led the Rockets in rejections four times and rebounding on three occasions. Baumgartner also scored in double figures on two occasions in her final season wearing the Midnight Blue & Gold, knocking down a collegiate-best five treys and totaling a season-high 17 points with nine boards at Miami (Feb. 6).
Ultimate Rocket Award
• Senior Naama Shafir (Hoshaya, Israel)
• Team Sports (Bob Eberly & Rachel Nagel)
• Ruthie Kucharewski
• Clint Longenecker
• Don Reiber