News release date:
Thursday, May 4, 2006

All-NWC Women's Basketball Forward Wins M. Borleske Trophy

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Lizzy Washburn, a scrappy all-conference forward who helped the women's basketball team win its first league championship in 15 years, is the 2006 winner of the Mignon Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top female athlete at Whitman College.

The trophy, which is awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.

Washburn, a three-year starter, was a key contributor as a sophomore when Whitman won a share of the 2004 Northwest Conference title. She averaged 9.7 point and 4.8 points that season, and she continued to improve on those numbers despite battling injuries in her final two seasons.

As a senior, Washburn earned a spot on the All-NWC First Team while leading Whitman in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg), shooting percentage (50.2 percent) and blocked shots (12 total) for a second consecutive season. She led the conference in offensive rebounding, averaging 3.13 per game, and was third in shooting percentage, fourth in total rebounding and seventh in scoring.

Washburn, a senior captain, closed out the regular season by scoring 44 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in two victories that enabled Whitman to capture the NWC's third and final playoff berth. Her play in the final two regular season games earned her NWC Player of the Week honors.

Washburn was named to the All-NWC Second Team as a junior. She shot 54.1 percent that season while averaging 14.3 poings and 6.4 rebounds per game. Playing near the hoop as an undersized 5-foot-9 forward, she also blocked 20 shots that season.

Scoring a total of 1,003 career points, Washburn ranks 11th on Whitman's all-time scoring list for women's basketball. She also amassed career numbers of 491 rebounds, 150 steals and 128 assists.

Washburn, who is majoring in mathematics with a minor in education, earned a spot early this year on ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District First Team. She was one of five players to earn first-team honors for women's basketball in the College Division of District VIII. The district includes all NCAA Div. II/Div. III and NAIA schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.

A graduate of Mundelein (Ill.) High School, Washburn was named to the Academic All-District Second Team as a junior. She has a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 on a 4.0 scale.

Washburn is the daughter of Dan and Sandy Washburn of Mundelein, Ill.

The Mignon Borleske Trophy honors a woman who first came to Whitman in 1915 as the young spouse of Raymond V. Borleske, a sports legend in the making. Her husband, who had starred as a football and baseball player at Whitman, was embarking at the time on a long coaching career at his alma mater. Mignon Borleske taught dance and women's education classes at Whitman for nearly four decades.

CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
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