Kimberly Henry Named MCC Newcomer of the Year|
March 8, 2000
Detroit, Mich. - After an inaugural season in which she led the UIC women's basketball team in scoring and finished third in the league in the category, junior Kimberly Henry was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year at the 2000 MCC Women's Basketball Tournament Tip-Off Banquet. Joining Henry on the All-MCC Newcomer team, was fellow Flame Melea Clark.
Henry, a product of Meridian Community College, led UIC to an 8-6 league record and a six-game winning streak to finish off the season, averaging 13.4 points and 2.2 steals per contest while shooting 72 percent from the free throw line. The 5-foot-10 guard is only the second UIC player all-time to be named newcomer of the year, as former Flame Jackie Gray was the first to win the honor in 1998.
Clark, a 5-foot-9 guard out of Trinity Valley Community College, was second on the team in scoring, sixth in the MCC, averaging 12.4 ppg while leading all newcomers in steals (2.28 spg). The junior was also deadly from behind the three-point line, bombing in 42 percent of her shots from downtown, second-best in the league.
The Flames did not have a representative on the MCC All-Conference first or second team, as well as the MCC All-Defensive Team. Cleveland State's Audra Cook was named player of the year while UW-Green Bay's Kevin Borseth was selected coach of the year. All-Conference and All-Newcomer teams were voted on by MCC head women's basketball coaches, sports information directors and members of the media
Fourth-seeded UIC takes on No.5 Butler in the quarterfinals of the 2000 MCC Women's Basketball Tournament, Thursday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. EST.