Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans Named To All-Pac-10 First Team
Feb. 28, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. -- USC women's basketball sophomores Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans were named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 first team and freshman Rachel Woodward received All-Freshman accolades when Conference honors were revealed Thursday night at the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament banquet in Eugene, Ore.
Stanford guard Nicole Powell was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year, Arizona guard Dee-Dee Wheeler was selected as the Conference Freshman of the Year and Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Among the field of 10 first team All-Pac-10 selections, Stanford, Washington and USC each had two athletes honored. This is the first All-Pac-10 first team honor for both Hoffman and Hollans and the first for the Women of Troy since the 1999 season (also the first time USC has had two named to the first team since the 1994 season). Hoffman was named to the 2001 All-Freshman team and All-Pac-10 honorable mention team. Hollans earned 2001 All-Freshman honorable mention honors.
EBONY HOFFMAN (USC), a sophomore forward from Harbor City, Calif., earns her first All-Pac-10 selection after being named to last year's Pac-10 All-Freshman team. She is one of the Pac-10's most dominating post players. Hoffman ranks third in the Conference in rebounding (9.0 rpg), steals (2.28 spg) and blocked shots (1.28) and eighth in scoring (14.3 ppg). She leads the Pac-10 in rebounding in Conference games (9.8 rpg).
AISHA HOLLANS (USC), a sophomore guard from Berkeley, Calif., is a first time All-Conference selection. The sophomore guard leads the Women of Troy in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game, good for fifth in the Pac-10. She paces Pac-10 guards in rebounding at 6.4 rpg.
AMANDA LEVENS (ASU), a senior guard from Belvidere, Ill., is a two-time All-Pac-10 pick. She is the Pac-10's fourth-leading scorer, 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-point field goal percentage (.362). Levens leads the Sun Devils in scoring and assists.
GUILIANA MENDIOLA (WASH), a sophomore guard from Lake Forest, Wash., earns All-Pac-10 distinction for the first time after receiving All-Freshman accolades a year ago. She leads the Huskies in assists (5.0 apg) and field goal percentage (.477), good for fourth and ninth, respectively, in the Pac-10. She is second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and steals (36).
LOREE PAYNE (WASH), a junior guard from Havre, Mont., is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. She leads the Huskies in scoring (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.
ELIZABETH PICKNEY (ARIZ), a senior forward from Houston, Texas, earns All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season. 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 in blocked shots with 146 (No. 8 on the Pac-10 career chart). She also owns Arizona's all-time games started record with 111.
NICOLE POWELL (STAN), a sophomore guard from Phoenix, Ariz., is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. She is just the second 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 has 525 career rebounds, good for 18th on Stanford's all-time list. She has posted four of the Pac-10's total 10 career triple-doubles and is the only player in Conference history to record more than one triple-double.
FELICIA RAGLAND (OSU), a senior guard from Tulare, Calif., is a three-time All-Conference selection and was last season's Pac-10 Player of the Year. This season she is the Pac-10's most prolific scorer, averaging 20.0 points 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.
SHAQUALA WILLIAMS (ORE), 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 rehabbing an ACL injury. This season Williams leads Conference in free throw percentage (.901) and is second in scoring (17.4 ppg). She paces the league in scoring in Pac-10 games (18.4 ppg).
LINDSEY YAMASAKI (STAN), a senior from Oregon City, Ore., garners All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in her career. The senior guard/forward leads the Cardinal in scoring at 17.4 points per game, third in the Pac-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
RACHEL WOODWARD (USC), a forward from Murietta, Calif., has done well in her rookie season for the Women of Troy. The talented forward ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.59 rpg) and 14th in scoring with 11.7 points per game. She has posted two double-doubles this season.
KRISTEN O'NEILL (WASH), a guard from Lynwood, Wash., is the eighth Husky ever to earn All-Freshman honors. She has started 20 of UW's 27 games, is shooting 44 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. She ranks third in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.457).
KELLEY SUMINSKI (STAN), 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 in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.883).
T'NAE THIEL (STAN), a forward from Weatherford, Texas, joins teammate Kelley Suminski on the All-Freshman team. Thiel has started 16 games this season and ranks 13th on the Pac-10 rebounding charts, pulling down 5.8 boards a game. She recorded career highs of 19 points (vs. Oregon 1/13) and 10 rebounds (vs. ASU 1/26).
DEE-DEE WHEELER (ARIZ), a guard from Chicago, Ill., becomes just the second player in Wildcat history to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Adia Barnes (1994-95) on that elite list. She leads Arizona in steals (54) and assists per game (3.4) and is the squad's second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg). She has reached double digits in scoring in 19 games this season.