April 21, 2009
AUBURN - Senior Whitney Boddie was named the Most Valuable Player at the Auburn Women's Basketball Awards Banquet Monday at the Hotel at Auburn University.
Boddie, an honorable mention AP and State Farm All-American, led the nation with 7.9 assists per game while tallying 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds during the 2008-09 season. One of the best point guards in the country, she also finished the season leading the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.
With her 603 career assists, Boddie etched her name in the record book this season as she became Auburn's all-time assist leader.
A native of Florence, Ala., she earned All-SEC First Team honors put together an impressive season that included eight double-doubles and just the second triple double ever at Auburn. She owns eight of the top 24 single-game assist performances all-time at Auburn and her career assist record is even more impressive as she accomplished that feat in three-and-a-half seasons after sitting out the spring semester of her junior year.
She ranks 29th all-time at Auburn with 951 career points and is 10th all-time in career steals with 183. Boddie's 262 assists as a senior rank second all-time at Auburn in single-season assists.
With 951 career points and 603 career assists, Boddie finished her Auburn career responsible for no fewer than 2,157 points.
Boddie capped off the season by becoming the 20th overall selection in the 2009 WNBA Draft. The third-highest drafted Auburn player ever, she was taken by the Sacramento Monarchs.
Also taking home some hardware from the banquet was sophomore Reneisha Hobbs as she earned the "Eye of the Tiger" Award. The award is given to the athlete who is the total team player and who has strong work ethic both on and off the court.
The 2008-09 Auburn women's basketball team put together an impressive 30-4 season, advancing to the team's second NCAA Tournament in as many years. The Tigers also won the Southeastern Conference regular season title, the team's first in 20 years.