Stanford's Nicole Powell Named Pac-10 Player Of The Year
Feb. 28, 2002
EUGENE, Ore.-- Sophomore guard Nicole Powell of STANFORD was named the Pacific-10 ConferenceWomen's Basketball Player of the Year, guard Dee-Dee Wheeler of ARIZONA was selected as theConference Freshman of the Year and STANFORD Coach Tara VanDerveer was named the Pac-10Coach of the Year when Conference honors were revealed Thursday night at the inaugural Pac-10Tournament banquet.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
POWELL has been instrumental in leading No. 2 STANFORD to a 28-1 overall record and a perfect 18-0mark in Pac-10 play. She is the second sophomore to ever earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, theother being Oregon's Shaquala Williams in 1999-2000. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Powell is theeighth Cardinal player to receive player of the year distinction. She finished the regular season asthe Pac-10's leader in assists (6.10 apg) and defensive rebounds (7.10). She is second in the Conference inrebounding (9.3 rpg) and although just a sophomore, she has 525 career rebounds, good for 18th onStanford's all-time list. She ranks first in Cardinal history in career rebounds per game (9.0), which isgood for eighth on the Pac-10's all-time list. An all-around player, Powell's most impressive statisticmay be her four career triple-doubles. She notched three of those this season and owns four of Stanford'sall-time total of six. She has recorded four of the 10 triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and owns thedistinction as the only player ever to record more than one. Powell was a four-time Pac-10 Player of theWeek selection this year. She is one of 20 finalists for the 2002 Naismith College Women's BasketballPlayer of the Year award.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
WHEELER, a guard from Chicago, Ill., becomes just the second player in Wildcat history to be namedPac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Adia Barnes (1994-95) on that elite list. She leads Arizona insteals (54) and assists per game (3.4) and is the squad's second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg). Wheeler hasreached double digits in scoring in 19 games this season, marking the highest number of double-digitperformances for a Wildcat freshman since Elizabeth Pickney tallied 19 in her rookie season (1998-99).Among Pac-10 players, Wheeler ranks sixth in both steals (2.00 spg) and 3-point field goal percentage(.412), eighth in assists (3.41 apg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.475), three-point field goals made(1.48 avg) and assists/turnover ratio (0.95). She ranks 11th in the Conference in scoring (12.6 ppg) tolead all Pac-10 freshmen.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
VANDERVEER, in her 15th-plus season on The Farm, has guided the Cardinal to a 28-1 overall record,a perfect 18-0 mark in Pac-10 play and a No. 2-national ranking. VanDerveer, who won her 10th Pac-100title this season, has coached Stanford to 21 straight Pac-10 victories and the fifth 20-gamewinning streak in school history. The Cardinal's 28-1 record is the second-best in program history,while the unblemished Conference record marks the fourth time the Cardinal has run the table inleague play, all under VanDerveer (1989, 1996, 1997, 2002). Stanford quickly moved from it's preseasonAP ranking of No. 9 to No. 2, where it has held steady for the past four weeks. The Cardinal leads theConference in 12 of 19 statistical categories. VanDerveer will be inducted into the Women's BasketballHall of Fame this year and is one of 20 finalists for the 2002 Naismith Women's Basketball Coach ofthe Year award. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the fifth of her career.
HOFFMAN, a sophomore forward from Harbor City, Calif., earns her first All-Pac-10 selection afterbeing named to last year's Pac-10 All-Freshman team. She is one of the Pac-10's most dominating postplayers. Hoffman ranks third in the Conference in rebounding (9.0 rpg), steals (2.28 spg) and blockedshots (1.28) and eighth in scoring (14.3 ppg). She leads the Pac-10 in rebounding in Conference games(9.8 rpg).
HOLLANS, a sophomore guard from Berkeley, Calif., is a first time All-Conference selection. Thesophomore guard leads the Women of Troy in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game, good for fifth inthe Pac-10. She paces Pac-10 guards in rebounding at 6.4 rpg.
LEVENS, a senior guard from Belvidere, Ill., is a two-time All-Pac-10 pick. She is the Pac-10's fourth-leadingscorer, averaging 17.1 points per game. Levens is fifth in the Conference in assists (4.68 apg)and assist/turnover ratio (1.44). She also ranks 10th in free throw percentage (.777) and three-pointfield goal percentage (.362). Levens leads the Sun Devils in scoring and assists.
MENDIOLA, a sophomore guard from Lake Forest, Wash., earns All-Pac-10 distinction for the firsttime after receiving All-Freshman accolades a year ago. She leads the Huskies in assists (5.0 apg) andfield goal percentage (.477), good for fourth and ninth, respectively, in the Pac-10. She is second on theteam in scoring (12.0 ppg) and steals (36).
PAYNE, a junior guard from Havre, Mont., is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. She leads the Huskies inscoring (14.1) and ranks ninth in Pac-10 scoring. She also paces UW in field goal percentage (.821),which ranks sixth among Pac-10 leaders.
PICKNEY, a senior forward from Houston, Texas, earns All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutiveseason. She is Arizona's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 16.3 points and 8.0 boards per game(sixth and fifth, respectively, in the Pac-10). This season she became Arizona's all-time leader inblocked shots with 146 (No. 8 on the Pac-10 career chart). She also owns Arizona's all-time gamesstarted record with 111.
POWELL, a sophomore guard from Phoenix, Ariz., is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. She is just thesecond sophomore ever to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, as well as the eighth Cardinal player.She finished the regular season as the Pac-10's leader in assists (6.10 apg) and defensive rebounds(7.10). She is second in the Conference in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and although just a sophomore, she has525 career rebounds, good for 18th on Stanford's all-time list. She has posted four of the Pac-10's total10 career triple-doubles and is the only player in Conference history to record more than one triple-double.
RAGLAND, a senior guard from Tulare, Calif., is a three-time All-Conference selection and was lastseason's Pac-10 Player of the Year. This season she is the Pac-10's most prolific scorer, averaging 20.0points per game. She leads the Conference in steals (2.57) and three-point field goals made (2.25).Ragland leads the Beavers in scoring, rebounding and steals. She has notched a Pac-10-leading four 30-point games this season.
WILLIAMS, a junior from Portland, Ore., earns All-Pac-10 honors for the second time in her career.After being named Pac-10 Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2000, she sat out last season rehabbingan ACL injury. This season Williams leads Conference in free throw percentage (.901) and is second inscoring (17.4 ppg). She paces the league in scoring in Pac-10 games (18.4 ppg).
YAMASAKI, a senior from Oregon City, Ore., garners All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in hercareer. The senior guard/forward leads the Cardinal in scoring at 17.4 points per game, third in thePac-10. She has scored in double figures in 26 out of Stanford's 29 games, including each of the last 15.
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
O'NEILL, a guard from Lynwood, Wash., is the eighth Husky ever to earn All-Freshman honors. Shehas started 20 of UW's 27 games, is shooting 44 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond thearc. She ranks third in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.457).
SUMINSKI, a guard from Chester, N.J., has had an excellent freshman campaign for the Cardinal,starting 200 games at point guard. She ranks first in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.479)and is shooting a Pac-10 leading 93.9 percent from the foul line in Conference games. She ranks second inthe Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.883).
THIEL, a forward from Weatherford, Texas, joins teammate Kelley Suminski on the All-Freshmanteam. Thiel has started 16 games this season and ranks 13th on the Pac-10 rebounding charts, pullingdown 5.8 boards a game. She recorded career highs of 19 points (vs. Oregon 1/13) and 10 rebounds (vs.ASU 1/26).
WOODWARD, a forward from Murietta, Calif., has done well in her rookie season for the Women ofTroy. The talented forward ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.59 rpg) and 14th in scoringwith 11.7 points per game. She has posted two double-doubles this season.
WHEELER, a guard from Chicago, Ill., becomes just the second player in Wildcat history to be namedPac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Adia Barnes (1994-95) on that elite list. She leads Arizona insteals (54) and assists per game (3.4) and is the squad's second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg). She hasreached double digits in scoring in 19 games this season.