2004-05 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Honors

March 3, 2005

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In a vote of the league's 10 head coaches, STANFORD freshman guard Candice Wiggins has been named the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Tara VanDerveer of STANFORD has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year to complete the Cardinal sweep, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Wiggins becomes the first Pac-10 women's basketball player ever to be named Player of the Year as a freshman.

The complete Conference honors are listed below:

ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

Name, , School, Pos, Yr, Ht, Hometown

Andrea Bills, , ORE, C, Sr, 6-3, Moreno Valley, Calif.
Nikki Blue**, , UCLA, G, Jr., 5-8, Bakersfield, Calif.
Cathrine Kraayeveld, ORE, F, Sr, 6-4, Kirkland, Wash.
Shawntinice Polk**, ARIZ, C, Jr., 6-5, Hanford, Calif.
Brooke Smith, STAN, C, So, 6-3, San Anselmo, Calif.
Kelley Suminski*, STAN, G, Sr, 5-9, Chester, N.J.
Emily Westerberg, ASU, F, So, 6-0, Greenacres, Wash.
Dee-Dee Wheeler**, ARIZ, G, Sr., 5-6, Chicago, Ill.,
Candice Wiggins, STAN, G, Fr, 5-11, San Diego, Calif.
Lisa Willis, UCLA, G, Jr, 5-11, Long Beach, Calif.
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; **three-time All-Pac-10 honoree

HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Jill Bell (WASH,So., F); Kate Benz (WSU, So., F); Susan King Borchardt (STAN, Sr., G); Brynn Cameron (USC, Fr., G); Leigh Gregory (CAL, Sr., F); Cameo Hicks (WASH, So., G); Kristin Iwanaga (CAL, Sr., G); Kristen Kovesdy (ASU, Jr., F); Meghan Gnekow (USC, Jr., G); Shannon Howell (OSU, Sr., G); Noelle Quinn (UCLA, So., G).


PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name, School, Pos, Ht, , Hometown

Brynn Cameron, USC, G, 5-10, , Newbury Park, Calif.
Kristen Forristall, ORE, F, 6-2, , Portland, Ore.
Jessica Lawson, CAL, C, 6-3, , Edgewood, Fla.
Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA, F, 6-3, , San Clemente, Calif.
Candice Wiggins, STAN, G, 5-11, , San Diego, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTION (Received Votes): Jessica Arnold (ARIZ, G); Dominique Banks (WASH, G); Camille LeNoir (USC, G); Ashley Whisonant (ARIZ, G).


PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
CANDICE WIGGINS, G, STANFORD

Wiggins is the first freshman Pac-10 women's basketball player to be named Player of the Year and just the eighth freshman ever to be named to the First Team. The lone freshman on the Midseason Wooden Award and Naismith Award lists, Wiggins leads the Cardinal and ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring with 17.3 points per game. She recorded a career-best 31 points at ASU and also tallied a career-high six assists and six steals (five of which resulted in breakaway layups). Wiggins also tacked on a 28-point performance at Arizona on Jan. 9, to earn her first Pac-10 Player of the Week nod. Against the Los Angeles schools on Jan. 20 and 22, she scored a combined 42 points in two games -- in only 48 minutes -- to earn her second weekly conference honor. Wiggins also leads Stanford with 73 steals this season -- which ranks No. 9 in school history for steals in a single season. Wiggins becomes just the third women's player in Division I history to win both Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors from a conference in the same season. All told, she is one of nine Division I men's and women's players to earn such distinction. The two other women's players were UC Santa Barbara's Erin Buescher in the Big West Conference in 1997-98 and Utah's Kim Smith of the Mountain West Conference in 2002-03. Old Dominion's Lucienne Berthieu was the Colonial Athletic Association's Co-Player of the Year in 1998-99, her first collegiate season. Berthieu was named Rookie of the Year, however, she was a sophomore. The five men's players to accomplish this feat were the Pac-10's own Shareef Abdur-Rahim of California in 1995-96; Ohio's Gary Trent in the Mid-American Conference in 1992-93; Memphis State's Keith Lee in the Metro Conference in 1981-82; Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone in the Southland Conference in 1982-83; and Coastal Carolina College's Tony Dunkin in the Big South Conference in 1989-90. Two sophomores have been named Pac-10 Women's Basketball player of the Year: Oregon's Shaquala Williams in 1999-200 and Stanford's Nicole Powell in 2001-02.

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
TARA VANDERVEER, STANFORD

VANDERVEER, in her 19th season at Stanford, has guided the Cardinal to a 26-2 overall record and 17-1 mark in Pac-10 play. Stanford has remained in the Top-10 of both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls throughout the season, climbing back to a season-high No. 2 ranking this week. Under her tutelage, the Cardinal won a fifth straight Pac-10 title this season and are back-to-back defending Pac-10 Tournament Champions. She has led this year's team to 17 straight wins and an undefeated home record (13-0) for the first time since 1996-97. VanDerveer, who was the 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year honors, has accumulated an impressive 628-170 record in more than 25 years of collegiate coaching. She entered the 2004-05 campaign with the third highest career winning percentage among active Division I women's basketball coaches and has won two NCAA Championships and 16 conference titles, in addition to 19 career post-season appearances. In her 19th year as the head coach of the Stanford women's basketball program, she has an amazing 476-119 (.800) record. During her tenure on The Farm, she has led the Cardinal to two NCAA Championships, five NCAA Final Four appearances, 12 Pacific-10 Conference titles and 16 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Cardinal advanced to the Elite Eight for the eighth time in VanDerveer's career. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the seventh of her career.


ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

BILLS
is a first-time All-Pac-10 selection. This season, the senior leads the Ducks in rebounding and is fourth in the league with 7.0 rebounds per game. She ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring with 11.4 points per game.

BLUE earns her third All-Pac-10 selection. She is averaging 3.35 steals per game, second-most in the Conference, and is one of just two players averaging three or more thefts per contest. She also is first in minutes played averaging 34.96 minutes per game, second in assists (6.12 apg) and fourth in scoring (16.2 ppg).

KRAAYEVELD is a first-time All-Conference selection. This season, she racked up a team-high nine double-doubles, and through the regular season, averaged 14.2 points (sixth), 8.5 rebounds (second) and 1.35 blocked shots (second) a game in the Pac-10.

POLK earns her third All-Pac-10 honor as a junior. This season she leads the league in blocks per game (2.11 bpg) and is third in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game. She leads the league with nine double-doubles this season and 46 in her career.

SMITH is a first-time All-Conference selection. She ranks first in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 62.1 percent on 164-of-264. She is averaging 13.3 points per game and 1.11 blocks per game, seventh and fourth, respectively, in the league.

SUMINSKI is a two-time All-Conference selection and ranks second in the league in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 47.1 (57-of-121) from beyond the arc. She posts 57 three-pointers this season, third most in the league. Her career total of 198 treys is the seventh-best mark in Pac-10 history.

WESTERBERG earns her first All-Pac-10 honor as a sophomore. She leads Arizona State in free throw percentage with 84.5 percent on 82-of-97 from the stripe, 4.9 rebounds per game and 11.4 points per game (11th in Pac-10).

WHEELER earns All-Conference honors for the third time in her career. She is averaging 17.9 points per game, 2.93 steals per game and 4.41 assists per game, all team highs. She also has 10 20-point games on the season. Her 299 career steals rank second on the Pac-10 all-time list.

WIGGINS is only the eighth freshman ever to receive First Team All-Pac-10 honors. This year's Pac-10 Player and Freshman of the Year leads Stanford in scoring (17.2 ppg) and steals (73) and ranks second and fourth in the league, respectively.

WILLIS earns All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. She leads UCLA and the Pac-10 in steals with 3.70 per game and three-pointers made (68). She is averaging 15.9 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, both fifth in the Pac-10. She tied her single-season record for steals (100) and is tied for third in the Pac-10 single-season leaders.


PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

CAMERON
becomes just the ninth Trojan ever to earn All-Freshman honors. Cameron is USC's leading scorer (10.4 ppg) and three-point shooter, with 66 made. She is one of three freshmen among the top-20 in scoring in the Conference. Cameron is the first Pac-10 All-Freshman selection for USC since the 2001-02 season.

FORRISTALL is the 10th Duck to claim All-Freshman honors and third consecutive. In 27 games, she averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in only 17.4 minutes per game. Forristall is shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 73.2 percent from the free throw line.

LAWSON started all 27 games for the Bears and is the first Bear to receive All-Freshman honors since the 1997-98 season, eigthth overall. She leads Cal in blocks (21), rebounds per game (5.0) and is second in points with 10.5 per game. She is also shooting 51.3 percent from the floor and 51.8 from the free throw line.

PLUIMER is the 12th Bruin to earn All-Freshman honors. She ranks sixth in the Conference with 6.5 rebounds per game. In 27 starts, Pluimer averaged 10.3 points per game and shot 43.6 percent from the field.

WIGGINS is only the eighth freshman ever to receive First Team All-Pac-10 honors. This year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year leads the Cardinal in scoring (17.2 ppg) and steals (73) and ranks second and fourth in the league, respectively. She is the 20th Stanford player to receive All-Freshman honors.

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