Gonzaga Hands Out Senior Athlete Awards

May 10, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Men's basketball standout J.P. Batista and women's soccer keeper Ashley Haugen were named the Bulldog Club Senior Athletes of the Year on Wednesday at the Bulldog Club Senior Athletes Social.

The Bulldogs also honored two student-athletes for their academic prowess. Men's soccer player Robert Anderson and women's rower Kari Durgan were honored at the recent Academic Convocation as Gonzaga's top academic seniors.

Although he played just two seasons at Gonzaga, Batista made an immediate impact. As a junior he averaged 12.4 ppg and 6.2 rebounds/game while earning All-West Coast Conference honorable mention and Newcomer of the Year honors. He paced the WCC in field goal percentage, shooting 60.5 percent from the field (138-for-228) and was ninth in rebounding at 6.2 rpg.

His senior season was even more impressive as he averaged 19.3 ppg to rank second in the WCC behind teammate Adam Morrison's 28.6 ppg, Batista's mark also good for 36th in the NCAA ranks. His 9.4 rpg were second in the WCC and 30th in the country and his 58.9 percent field goal shooting (234-for-397) was second in the WCC and 19th in the nation. His 636 points in 2006 rank sixth on the Gonzaga single-season chart, his 234 field goals are sixth and his 165 free throws tie for sixth. His 59.5 percent career free throw percentage (372-for-625) is third all-time at Gonzaga. He was named to the All-WCC team and was an Associated Press honorable mention All-America pick.

Haugen was a first-team All-WCC, an All-West Region honoree and team MVP. She became the Bulldogs first All-America selection earning Soccer Buzz honorable mention accolades.

With Haugen posting a single-season school-record 0.72 goals-against-average, Gonzaga posted a 12-4-4 overall record and 3-1-3 WCC mark to finish third. The Bulldogs made their inaugural College Cup appearance by earning an at-large berth. The Littleton, Colo., native started all 20 matches and set a Gonzaga single-season shutout record with 12. She was instrumental in Gonzaga setting team records in fewest goals allowed, lowest GAA and most consecutive shutouts. She ended her career as the all-time leader in shutouts with 23, saves with 432 and GAA with 1.36.

Anderson, who has a 3.76 cumulative GPA in history, was named to the Dean's List twice and the President's List five times. He was named to the All-West Coast Conference Academic Team after as a junior. Durgan Maintained a 3.82 GPA in English and earned President's List honors all but one semester. She has also been a two-time member of the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team and College Rowing Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

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