Oregon Athletics Year in Review Awards and Grades
Now that the college sports seasons are wrapping up and the Oregon Ducks have already finished up, editor-in-Chief of GoDucks.com Rob Moseley is handing out his end of the season awards.
Next week, we will hand out Oregon State’s end of the year awards.
But now it’s time to reveal the Oregon award winners for…
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Best Female Athlete
Break out student-athlete
Best student-athlete season performance
Women’s hoops dominates
Team of the Year: Women's Basketball
No surprise here! Oregon women’s basketball takes home the Team of the Year award following their historic season which ended with an elite eight loss to Notre Dame. This was a season with a school-record 33 wins, along with a Pac-12 regular season title and for the first time in school history a conference tournament title as well.
Coach of the Year: Kelly Graves, Women's Basketball
After helping guide his team to a school record in victories, Kelly Graves earns the Coach of the Year award. Graves is in his fourth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program. He signed a contract extension last April that will keep him in Eugene through the 2022-23 season. This past season, Oregon reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Best Female Athlete: Sabrina Ionescu, Women's Basketball
Standing at 5'10'', Ducks So. PG for the women’s team Sabrina Ionescu earns the Best Female Athlete honor. Ionescu led the Pac-12 in scoring after averaging 19.7 point per game. Ionescu earned the Nancy Liberman National Point Guard of the Year.
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Break Out Student-Athlete: Miranda Elish, Softball
The award for Break Out Student-Athlete goes to softball sophomore Miranda Elish. The right-handed pitcher went 53-10 overall and 21-3 in conference play. On the national scene, Elish earned NFCA Second Team All-American honors, First Team All-Pac-12, & First Team All-Pacific Regions honors. She also tossed Oregon’s first ever seven-inning perfect game back on April 3rd against PSU.
Best Student-Athlete Season Performance: Norman Xiong, men's golf
Our last award goes to men’s golfer Norman Xiong, who earned the Best Student-Athlete Season Performance. The sophomore received the Fred Haskins Award as the nation's most outstanding men's college golfer. He finished the year with a 69.05 scoring average and 23 rounds in the 60s. A few of Xiong’s other 2018 Awards & Honors: Jack Nicklaus Award Winner, First-Team PING All-American, All-Pac-12 First Team
Grading the Ducks Men’s Basketball Team
Our Ducks Insider Aaron Fentress is handing out his end of season grade for the Oregon Men's Basketball Team...
FENTRESS' REPORT CARD on Men's Hoops: C-
Why a C- on the year? Fentress feels that, "this is a team that lost a ton of talent from the prevoius team going to the Final Four so you have to give them a break, but you brought in an elite player in Troy Brown, you still had Payton Pritchard and Dana Altman is a great coach; you expect them to at least get to the tournament, they couldn't get there."
Grading the Ducks Football Team
Fentress is also handing out his end of season grade for the Oregon Football Team...
FENTRESS' REPORT CARD on Ducks Football: C-
Aaron had this to say about his grade on the football team, "They've won a lot games with Herbert, but then when Braxton Burmeister came in, they were 1-4. It's something the coaches have to figure out at backup quarterback... C- for Oregon is not good enough."