Pac-10 Announces All-Conference Women's Basketball Awards
March 1, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote of the league's 10 head coaches, CALIFORNIA sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton has been named the 2006-07 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and STANFORD's Jayne Appel has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Joanne Boyle of CALIFORNIA has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
The complete Conference honors are listed below.
ALL-PAC-10 TEAMName School Devanei Hampton** CaliforniaCameo Hicks** WashingtonAubree Johnson Arizona StateShay Murphy** USCCasey Nash Oregon StateNoelle Quinn*** UCLABrooke Smith*** StanfordAshley Walker CaliforniaEmily Westerberg*** Arizona StateCandice Wiggins*** Stanford
**two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; ***three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Jayne Appel (STAN, Fr., F/C); Eleanor Haring (ORE, Sr., F); Joy Hollingsworth (ARIZ, Sr., G); Briann January (ASU, So., G); Lindsey Pluimer (UCLA, Jr., F).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAMName School Jayne Appel StanfordJJ Hones StanfordJudie Lomax Oregon StateDymond Simon Arizona StateNatasha Vital California
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Lauren Greif (CAL, G); Taylor Lilley (ORE, G); Morghan Medlock (USC, G/F); Marisa Stotler (WSU, F).
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DEVANEI HAMPTON, F/C, CALIFORNIA
HAMPTON becomes the first Golden Bear in program history to receive Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Named a Street & Smith preseason high honorable mention All-America selection and a Naismith Trophy preseason watch list member, Hampton has come on strong in Conference play, ranking second in league games with an 18.9 scoring average, while ranking first with an 8.9 rebounds per game average. A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree in 2006-07, Hampton owns eight double-doubles this season, including five in her last seven games and has recorded double-figures in 21 of her last 22 games. In California's final home game with UCLA on Sat., Feb. 24, Hampton helped engineer a 36-point swing from a 17-point first half deficit for the Golden Bears, to a 19-point victory. She finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, with 15 of those points and nine rebounds coming in the second half to help Cal outscore UCLA 60-30 in the final 20 minutes. A two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Hampton became the 10th freshman ever to earn first team Pac-10 accolades last season, having paced Cal in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg). Over the summer, she was named to the USA Under-20 National team.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
JAYNE APPEL, F/C, STANFORD
APPEL is the sixth player from Stanford to receive the Freshman of the Year award, and the fourth in the last eight years joining Jamie Carey (1999-00), Nicole Powell (2000-01) and Candice Wiggins (2004-05). She ranks 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring (13.5 ppg), ninth in rebounding (7.1 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.541) and first in blocked shots (1.89). Appel has solidified her play in the last month of the season, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Feb. 19 for her performance at the Oregon schools, where she averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 blocks and two steals. Appel is closing in on the Stanford blocked shots record, having amassed 53 swats this season, five away from tying Cori Enghusen's (2001-02) mark of 58.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
JOANNE BOYLE, CALIFORNIA
BOYLE, a first-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year recipient and Cal's third such award all-time, has guided the Bears to one of their best seasons in program history, despite a bench depleted by injuries. She boasts a 40-19 (.678) record in two seasons at the helm of the Cal program, and a 107-48 (.690) mark in her fifth year as a head coach. Boyle's 67.8 winning percentage is the best by a women's basketball coach in Cal history. Her 100th-career win came against Oregon (65-56) Jan. 20. Boyle's Bears have equaled their best record in school history through 29 games, compiling a 22-7 overall record. In addition, Cal has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 1991-92 team posted a 20-9 record. Boyle, who now has four 20-plus win seasons to her credit in five seasons as a head coach, began her career at Richmond where she guided the Spiders to a 67-29 (.698) record in three years and their first NCAA Tournament selection in 14 years in 2005.
HAMPTON is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, having been named to the first team as a freshman in 2005-06, the 10th rookie ever to earn such an honor. This year's Pac-10 Player of the Year, Hampton has come on strong in Conference play, ranking second in league games with an 18.9 scoring average, while ranking first with an 8.9 rebounds per game average. A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree in 2006-07, Hampton owns eight double-doubles this season, including five in her last seven games and has recorded double-figures in 21 of her last 22 games.
HICKS is a two-time All-Conference selection. Her 17.1 ppg average paces Washington and ranks fourth in the league. She ranks 12th on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,435 career points and needs just 28 more to move into the 11th position. Hicks was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week twice in the month of December, including Dec. 4 after she put up a career-high 29 points in a road game with Kent State that saw her shoot 10-for-17 from the floor.
JOHNSON earns her first All-Pac-10 honor as a senior. One of the most dominant shooters in the Conference, she ranks second in the league with a 55.4 field goal percentage (107-of-193). Johnson was named the Feb. 12 Pac-10 Player of the Week after she set a career-high of 17 points against Oregon at home, only to come back and best that performance with a 27-point, 12-for-15 effort against Oregon State.
MURPHY is a two-time All-Conference selection, ranking in seven of the Pac-10's Top-10 leading categories, including points (2nd, 18.1 ppg), rebounding (2nd, 8.4 rpg), free throw percentage (2nd, .849), steals (3rd, 2.14 spg), three-point field goals made (2nd, 2.39), offensive rebounds (1st, 3.36 org) and defensive rebounds (6th, 5.04). The Van Nuys, Calif. native surpassed 1,000 career points on Nov. 17 at South Dakota State and is quickly approaching 1,500 (1,462).
NASH is a first-time All-Conference selection after her breakout senior season. The Stayton, Ore. native who had never averaged more than 7.0 ppg in her career, emerged as one of the Conference's most potent offensive weapons, leading the league in scoring the entire season with a current average of 20.3 ppg. Nash is OSU's first 20.0 ppg scorer since Tanja Kostic in 1995-96. She also ranks 12th in the Conference with a 6.6 rpg average, while playing almost 38 minutes per game to rank second in the league.
QUINN was asked to do it all this season and in so doing earned her third All-Pac-10 award of her career. With her first basket at USC on Feb. 10, she became the first Bruin in history to have totaled at least 1,700 points/700 rebounds/400 assists for a career. She could soon become only the second player in Pac-10 history (joining Stanford's Nicole Powell) to reach 1,800 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists. Quinn ranks fifth in the league in scoring (17.0 ppg), 10th in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and second in assists (5.73 apg).
SMITH is a three-time All-Conference selection, and is the Cardinal's second-leading scorer with 13.9 points per game, while leading the team in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game. She is one of the best passers in the Conference at any position, ranking 10th in assist to turnover ratio (1.42), while leading the team with 101 assists. The San Anselmo, Calif. native anchors one of the best inside games in the nation.
WALKER earns her first All-Pac-10 honor as just a sophomore, having dominated the post for California all season. She leads the team and ranks third in the Conference in scoring with a 17.5 ppg average. Walker also paces the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and is third in field goal percentage, hitting at an impressive .541 clip. An All-Freshman selection last season, Walker has helped guide Cal to a 22-7 record, tying the program's best mark through 29 games played.
WESTERBERG earns her third All-Pac-10 honor, becoming the first Sun Devil in program history to be named to the All-Pac-10 team three times in her career. Westerberg leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and is second on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg). Her 52.6 field goal percentage (123-of-234) is good enough to rank eighth in the Conference, while her her 85.2 free throw percentage (109-of-128) is tops in the league.
WIGGINS has been hampered by injuries all season, but still managed to play like the two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year that she is. Despite missing five games, she leads the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and is eighth in the Pac-10 in the same category. Her long-range abilities are impressive as she paces the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (2.54) and is second in the Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.427). Wiggins was one of 20 players in the nation to be named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason All-America Team.
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
APPEL earned the 2006-07 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award after ranking 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring (13.5 ppg), ninth in rebounding (7.1 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.541), and first in blocked shots (1.89). She is closing in on the Stanford blocked shots record, having amassed 53 swats this season, five away from tying Cori Enghusen's (2001-02) mark of 58.
HONES was one of the most consistent point guards in the Pac-10 before going down with an ACL injury on Feb. 4 in Stanford's only Conference loss to California. Her assist to turnover ratio of 2.81 ranks atop the league, while her 3.91 assists per game average ranks sixth.
LOMAX is one of only six Oregon State players to be named to the All-Freshman team, and first since the 1993-94 season. She has led the Conference all season in field goal percentage with a .643 clip (119-of-185), becoming the first true freshman to lead this category since UCLA's Maylana Martin in 1996-97.
SIMON also went down with an ACL injury midseason, but not before she made huge contributions to the Arizona State team. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 8 after averaging 20 points, three assists and 1.5 steals in wins over Washington State and Washington at Wells Fargo Arena.
VITAL, one of only 12 Cal freshman to be named to the All-Freshman team, is averaging over 39 minutes at the point guard position in all league games, having stepped in for last year's Freshman of the Year, Alexis Gray-Lawson who went down with a torn ACL. In Conference games only, Vital is second in the league in assists (5.44) and first in minutes played (39.39).