Bucknell Women's Basketball Award Winners Announced at Annual Banquet
April 19, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Senior Desire Almind (Blairstown, N.J./North Warren Regional) came away with the Catalyst Award, and freshman Lindsey Hollobaugh (Loganton, Pa./Central Mountain) was named the Impact Player of the Year at the annual end of year banquet for the Bucknell women's basketball team, held in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center on Bucknell's campus on Sunday, April 18. The awards were two of six presented by Head Coach Kathy Fedorjaka and her staff.
Almind earns her first Catalyst of the Year award after an incredible senior campaign. The 6-0 guard/forward spent nearly the entire season as the nation's leading rebounder, only to lose the race by a mere two caroms in the last weekend of the season. Her 13.4 rebounds per game average was second in the country, and set a Patriot League record for a single-season average. In addition, her 390 rebounds established a Bucknell and conference record for boards in a season. To complement her prowess on the glass, Almind was also the team's leading scorer with 17.3 points per game. A first-team all-league selection and member of the Patriot League All-Tournament team for the second-straight year, Almind became just the third Bucknell player to score over 500 points in a season with 502.
Hollobaugh stepped onto the court in her Bucknell uniform and immediately made an impact. In her first game, she became just the third player in Bison history to score 20 or more points in her collegiate debut. Hollobaugh's first impression was no fluke as the 5-9 guard proceeded to score a school rookie single-season record 483 points on the year. She ended her initial season with at least 20 points in her final six contests, and seven of the final eight. Named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and an all-rookie selection, Hollobaugh was the team's second-leading scorer behind Almind with 16.7 ppg.
Presented for dedication, devotion and contributions to the team, junior Amy Ketcham (Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) came home with this year's Bison Award. Ketcham was an active player in 25 of Bucknell's 29 games on the year, starting six of those. Always a positive voice, Ketcham provided her teammates with enthusiastic support whether she was in the game or watching from the sidelines. The 6-0 forward pulled in a season-high eight rebounds in just 15 minutes of action against Winthrop in helping BU to a third-place finish at the Cornell Classic.
Newcomer Lillian Drumgold (Baltimore, Md./Western) was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award, an honor bestowed on the player who, in addition to the fundamentals of the game, consistently does the intangibles that do not always show up in the box score. Drumgold, a transfer from UNC-Wilmington, was a starter in 19 of the 28 games she played in. One of the team's most menacing defenders, the 5-9 guard finished fourth on the team in steals with 40, while also having the fourth-best scoring average of 6.8 points per game.
Picking up the Sixth Man Award was junior transfer Brooke Tomovich (Long Branch, N.J./Red Bank Catholic). Tomovich came to Bucknell from Loyola (Md.) and sat out last season per NCAA rules. The 6-2 forward was a welcome addition to the team, deceiving teams with her range. The third-leading three-point shooter on the team, Tomovich could also get in the paint a post up for an easy turnaround jumper. Coming off the bench in 22 of the 29 games she played in, Tomovich was an instant offensive spark for the Orange and Blue. In addition, her size on the defensive end forced opponents to alter their shots, and Tomovich ended the year third on the team in blocked shots. Her 9.4 points per game were also third-best.
The final award of the evening went to sophomore Lindsey Geosits (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus). Geosits, who received the Unsung Hero Award last season for her quiet role in leading the team, was on the receiving end of the Most Improved Award this year. Although Geosits has been a starter in 56 of 57 games in two years, her role changed tremendously this season with the graduation of three-time Patriot League Player of the Year and floor general Molly Creamer. The 5-7 point guard directed the offense efficiently, finishing with a team-best 108 assists, a total that was fourth among all Patriot League players. She also improved her point production this season, tossing in 5.9 points per game to her total of 4.8 a year ago. In addition, Geosits nearly doubled her three-point production, finishing the year with 27 triples, 13 more than her freshman year total.
Bucknell finished the year 15-14 overall and 7-7 in Patriot League play. The Bison entered the conference tournament seeded fifth, and upset fourth-seeded and defending league champion Holy Cross in the opening round. The Orange and Blue met the top-seed in the semi-finals for the second-straight year, this time in the form of Colgate, and lost a heartbreaking 61-57 decision to the eventual champion to end the season.