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Women’s Basketball: Perrot, Hall Honored at end of year celebration -Wilridge,Okde,Prejean honored


Team Banquet

LAFAYETTE – After their most successful season since the NCAA tournament season of 2006-07, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team was honored at their annual team banquet on Thursday, handing out several awards and celebrating the past season.

For the first time, the banquet honored a pair of former Cajuns, legendary player Kim Perrot and former head coach J. Kelley Hall.  Perrot’s sister, Loretta Perrot, was on hand to present the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards and University President Dr. Joseph Savoie presented the Academic Achievement Award.

Sylvana Okde earned the Kim Perrot Offensive Player of the Year Award with Kia Wilridge being named as the Defensive Player of the Year. Wilridge also claimed both the Academic Achievement Award and the J. Kelley Hall Heart of a Cajun Award while Adrienne Prejean was the recipient of the Community Service Award.

Perrot, the most storied player to ever play women’s basketball at Louisiana, still graces the pages of the Ragin’ Cajuns  record books, leading the school in nearly every career and single-season offensive category. In her final season at Louisiana, she claimed the NCAA scoring title, averaging 30.0 points per game and is the only player in women’s basketball player in school history to have her number retired.

Perrot went on to win two World Championships with the Houston Comets of the WNBA, before succumbing of cancer in 1999.  Her legacy carries on posthumously in the WNBA with the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, and at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, with "Kim’s Place" their children’s treatment center.

Hall led the Cajuns to the only NCAA berth in school history in 2007, coaching the Cajuns coach from 2002-2007. He is the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history. He left the Cajuns in 2007 to become the head coach at Cincinnati, where he coached the Bearcats for two seasons before his death in 2010.

Award Winners

President’s Academic Achievement Award – Kia Wilridge; Exercise Science major, 3.68 GPA

Kim Perrot Offensive Player of the Year Award – Sylvana Okde

Kim Perrot Defensive Player of the Year Award – Kia Wilridge

Community Service Award – Adrienne Prejean

J. Kelley Hall Heart of a Cajun Award – Kia Wilridge


Matt Sullivan
Sports Information Director
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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