2005-06 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Honors
March 2, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
In a vote of the league's 10 head coaches, STANFORD sophomore guard Candice Wiggins has been named the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and CALIFORNIA's Alexis Gray-Lawson has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Tara VanDerveer of STANFORD has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
The complete Conference honors are listed below:
Name School Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Nikki Blue** UCLA G Sr. 5-8 Bakersfield, Calif.
Devanei Hampton CAL F/C Fr. 6-3 Oakland, Calif.
Cameo Hicks WASH G Jr. 5-10 Tracy, Calif.
Kristen Kovesdy ASU F Sr. 6-3 Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eshaya Murphy USC F Jr. 5-11 Van Nuys, Calif.
Noelle Quinn* UCLA G Jr. 6-0 Los Angeles, Calif.
Brooke Smith* STAN C Jr. 6-3 San Anselmo, Calif.
Emily Westerberg* ASU F Jr. 6-0 Greenacres, Wash.
Candice Wiggins* STAN G So. 5-11 San Diego, Calif.
Lisa Willis* UCLA G Sr. 5-11 Long Beach, Calif.
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; **four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Kate Benz (WSU, Jr., F); Kim Butler (OSU, Sr., F); Meghan Gnekow (USC, Sr., G); Alexis Gray-Lawson (CAL, Fr., G); Natalie Jones (ARIZ, Sr., G); Camille LeNoir (USC, So., G); Chelsea Wagner (ORE, Sr., G).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name School Pos Ht Hometown
Alexis Gray-Lawson CAL G 5-8 Oakland, Calif.
Devanei Hampton CAL F/C 6-3 Oakland, Calif.
Jillian Harmon STAN F 6-1 Lake Oswego, Ore.
Briann January ASU G 5-8 Spokane, Wash.
Ashley Walker CAL F 6-0 Modesto, Calif.
HONORABLE MENTION: Amanda DuRocher (WSU, G); Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (STAN, G); Jene Morris (CAL, G); Tamika Nurse (ORE, G); Danielle Orsillo (ASU, G).
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CANDICE WIGGINS, G, STANFORD
WIGGINS is just the sixth player to receive two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, and the fifth to receive the honor in consecutive seasons. Named to the 2005-06 Midseason Lists for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award, Wiggins was a Kodak All-American last season and the first freshman in the Conference to receive the Player of the Year award. She is currently leading Stanford with 21.7 ppg, a mark that ranks third in the nation and is a new school record for single-season average. Wiggins leads the Conference in scoring, free throw percentage (.828) and three-point field-goal percentage (.463). Her 1,198 career points put her 20th on Stanford's all-time list. It took Wiggins just 54 games to get to the 1,000 point milestone, which was just shy of the school-record 49 game mark. Wiggins was named the Bay Area's Most Dynamic Amateur Athlete of 2005 by KNTV-11 (NBC) and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 9 after dropping 37 points against Oregon, the fifth-highest point total in Cardinal history. She has passed the 30-point plateau four times this season, most in the league. She has dropped seven three-pointers in two different games this season (Jan. 14 vs. Cal and Feb. 23 vs. Washington), which ties for the fourth-most treys made in a game by a Cardinal.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
ALEXIS GRAY-LAWSON, G, CALIFORNIA
GRAY-LAWSON is the first player from California to receive the Freshman of the Year award, and only the 11th player in school history to be named to the All-Freshman team. She ranks second on the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), first in assists (2.8 apg), first in three-pointers made (39) first in three-point percentage (39.8) and fourth in rebounding (4.0 rpg). During the Conference season, Gray-Lawson contributed 16.2 ppg. She posted a career-high 30 points in the loss at Stanford on Jan. 14, and has 21 double-figure scoring games to her credit, including seven games with at least 20 points. She has led Cal in scoring 10 times in 2005-06.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
TARA VANDERVEER, STANFORD
VAN DERVEER, an eight-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, entered the 2005-06 season with the third highest career winning percentage among active Division I coaches. She has led the Cardinal to two NCAA Championships, five NCAA Final Four appearances, 14 Pac-10 Conference titles and 17 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Cardinal advanced to the Elite Eight for the ninth time under Van Derveer's tutelage. Inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, Van Derveer has led the Cardinal to six straight Pac-10 titles and the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Pac-10 Tournament titles. Van Derveer became the ninth Divison-I coach to reach the 650-win milestone on Feb. 4 with an 87-54 victory over Oregon State. Two games later ot Cal on Feb. 11, she won her 500th as the Stanford head coach. In her 20th year at Stanford, her record is 503-126 (.800) and her overall record stands at 655-177 (.787). Van Derveer's teams have compiled a 272-29 (.904) record at home during her tenure, and is 169-11 all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. No member of the current Stanford team has lost a Conference game in Maples Pavilion.
BLUE is one of five players all-time to earn four All-Pac-10 selections, joining USC's Lisa Leslie, OSU's Tanja Kostic, Stanford's Nicole Powell and fellow Bruin Maylana Martin. Blue leads the Conference in assists (5.67 apg), and ranks in the Top-10 in steals (7th-1.93 spg), three-point field goal percentage (2nd- .453), assist/turnover ratio (4th- 1.80), and minutes played (9th- 33.00). Ranked sixth on the all-time UCLA scoring list with 1,735 points, Blue also is second on the all-time school assist list with 566, third in steals (310) and second on the free throws made list (448).
HAMPTON is only the eighth freshman ever to receive All-Pac-10 honors. The Oakland, Calif. native leads Cal and all Pac-10 freshmen in scoring (15.1 ppg, seventh overall Pac-10) and rebounding (7.8 rpg, third overall Pac-10). Hampton looks to become only the third freshman in Cal basketball history to lead the team in scoring and the first since 1982.
HICKS is a first-time All-Conference selection. She leads Washington in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.4), and is second in assists (2.5). Selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 19-25, Hicks has reached double-figure scoring 21 times in 26 games, including six 20-point efforts. She ranks ninth in th Conference in scoring, 10th in free-throw percentage (.755), ninth in offensive rebounds (2.38), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.363) and 10th in steals (1.65)
KOVESDY earns her first All-Pac-10 honor as a senior. She leads the Sun Devils in scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounds (6.8 rpg) and leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.595). ASU's all-time leader in field goal percentage, Kovesdy currently ranks fifth on the all-time school scoring list with 1,298 career points and fifth on the all-time rebounding list (643).
MURPHY is a first-time All-Conference selection, and leads the Trojans in scoring (17.6), rebounds (7.5), and steals (2.4). She ranks third all-time on USC's career three-point field goals list with 105, and is third in the Conference this season with 74. Among the league's Top-10 in seven different statistical categories, Murphy also sits at No. 45 in the country in scoring.
QUINN is a two-time All-Conference selection, and is tied for the record for most Pac-10 Player of the Week awards with eight as a junior. She is ranked in the Top-3 in the league in scoring (3rd- 18.3 ppg), rebounding (2nd- 8.1 rpg) and assists (3rd- 4.07), and ranks 30th in the country in scoring. Quinn has scored 20 or more points in eight of the last 11 games and is averaging 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 55.2% (96-of-174) from the field in those 11 games.
SMITH is a two-time All-Conference selection, and is the Cardinal's second-leading scorer with 16.9 points per game, while leading the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game. She is averaging 14.8 points per game in her career, which is sixth-best in Stanford history. Smith also ranks second in the Conference in field goal percentage at .575.
WESTERBERG earns her second All-Pac-10 honor, becoming only the third Sun Devil to receive two Conference awards. Westerberg has led or tied for the team lead in scoring seven times this season, and tied her career-best 26 points in ASU's win over USC on Feb. 4. Westerberg ranks 10th in the Conference with a .475 field goal percentage.
WIGGINS is only the sixth player to repeat as Pac-10 Player of the Year, and was the first-ever freshman recipient of the award in 2004-05. The Pac-10 scoring leader at 21.7 ppg, Wiggins ranks third in the country in scoring, sixth in three-point field goal percentage (46.3) and 20th in three-point field goals per game (2.7). Wiggins became the 26th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 career points this season, reaching the goal in the second-fastest pace (54 games).
WILLIS, the all-time Pac-10 steals leader, earns her second consecutive Pac-10 honor. Her average of 3.4 steals per game leads the Conference and ranks ninth in the country. Willis ranks in the Top-10 on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,578 points and has held the school's three-point field-goals record since last season with 237.
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
GRAY-LAWSON earned Cal's first Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award, which also stands as its only Player of the Year award of any kind to date. Gray-Lawson ranks second on the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), first in assists (2.8 apg), first in three-pointers made (39), first in three-point percentage (39.8) and fourth in rebounding (4.0 rpg).
HAMPTON is one of only 10 freshmen all-time to be named to the All-Pac-10 team, and is the first Golden Bear to be named since the 2003-04 season. She leads Cal in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg).
HARMON is the 21st Cardinal to claim All-Freshman honors, and third consecutive. She ranks seventh in the Conference in field goal percentage at .498, and has started 19 games for the Cardinal this season.
JANUARY is only the eighth Sun Devil all-time to receive All-Freshman honors, and leads ASU with 70 assists this season. She has led the team in scoring twice this season, including dropping 13-points on Stanford Feb. 16.
WALKER is one of only 11 Cal freshman to be named to the All-Freshman team, including her two teammates selected this year. No school has ever had three freshmen on the team. Walker is third on the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) and leads the team in blocks (1.71 bpg) and field goal percentage (50.0).