Raivio, Hawk Named Senior Athletes of Year

May 17, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior basketball players Derek Raivio and Stephanie Hawk were honored recently as the 2007 Bulldog Club Male and Female Senior Athletes of the Year at a social honoring all 48 Bulldog seniors.

Also honored at the Senior Social were the Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Cross country runner Kara Rasmussen received the female award, while men's soccer player Mike Babenko and cross country runner Gabe Hayden shared the male honor.

Raivio made a reputation for himself from the free throw line. He set the Gonzaga single-season free throw percentage record each of the past three seasons - 90.3 percent as a sophomore, 91.2 percent as a junior and an NCAA-leading 96.1 percent this past season as he connected on 148-of-154 attempts from the stripe. His career free throw percentage of 92.7 percent is second in NCAA history as he connected on 343-of-370 attempts. He would have the top spot had it not been for Missouri State senior Blake Ahearn who finished his career hitting 435-of-460 attempts for 94.5 percent.

The native of Vancouver, Wash., set school and West Coast Conference records for consecutive free throws made twice - hitting 44 straight from Nov. 24-Jan. 8 to break the school mark of 41 he shared as well as the WCC record of 42. He put together another streak of 56 straight to set the record again from Jan. 15-Feb. 26. But free throws weren't the only phase of his game. He led the WCC in scoring this past season with 18.0 ppg, was fifth in 3-point field goal percentage, seventh in steals and 12th in field goal percentage on his way to WCC Co-Player of the Year honors. He leaves Gonzaga 12th in scoring with 1,456 points, fourth in 3-point field goals made (243) and attempted (584), ninth in free throws made (343), fourth in assists (356) and second in steals (158). He was also named the WCC Tournament MVP this past season as the Bulldogs won their eighth tourney title in the last nine years to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Hawk started all 34 games for the Bulldogs this past season, averaging a team-leading 14.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.3 blocks/game. She became only the 12th player in Bulldog women's basketball history to score more than over 1,000 points, finishing her career with 1,241 for ninth place. The native of Ontario, Ore., also became only the 11th player in Bulldog women's basketball history to grab more than 600 rebounds, her 684 ranking fourth. She is the sixth player in Bulldog history to score 1,000 points and grab 600 rebounds. She scored a career-high 33 points against Santa Clara University.

The 2007 West Coast Conference Player of the Year is the Bulldogs career leader in blocked shots with 167 and the single-season leader with 77.

Hawk helped lead the Bulldogs to their inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament as Gonzaga won its first WCC Tournament title. In addition to earning WCC Player of the Year honors, she earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 first-team honors and was named to the WCC All-Tournament team.

Rasmussen, from Antelope, Mont., is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies National Honor Society, and graduated Magna Cum Lauded with a 3.73 cumulative grade point average in public relations with minors in promotions and broad cast studies. She paced the women's track team in the 800 meters in 2005 and 2006, running a personal best 2:18.98. She competed in three WCC Cross Country Championships with a career-best eighth-place finish last fall.

Babenko, who hails from Kennewick, Wash., was on the President's List every term of his collegiate career; was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society, and graduated with a 3.92 in business administration with a concentration in finance and marketing. He appeared in 35 career matches with 17 starts as a defender for the Bulldogs, and helped the club to a 1.52 goals-against-average in 2005, the best mark since 2001. He was also a Student-Athlete Advisory Council representative for three years.

Hayden, from Juneau, Alaska, also earned a spot on the President's List every term of his collegiate career and was awarded a Trustees Scholarship. He is a member of Ta Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.92 GPA in civil engineering. His best finish in the WCC Cross Country Championships was 23rd in 2005. He also competed in the 800, 1500, 3000 and 5000 meters in track, as well as the 3000 meter steeplechase.

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