Florence Leads Trio Of Huskies Named To All-Pac-10 Teams

March 6, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington senior point guard Emily Florence was named to the All-Pac-10 Third-Team and to the first-ever Pac-10 Defensive Team, leading a trio of Huskies who earned All-Pac-10 honors, the conference office announced Thursday.

Katelan Redmon garnered Pac-10 All-Freshman Team acclaim and Sami Whitcomb was selected to the Defensive Honorable Mention squad. All-Pac-10 Teams are voted upon by the league's coaches.

Both all-conference honors are the first for Florence, 5-5 point guard from Boise, Idaho. She leads the Huskies with 6.5 rebounds and 3.67 assists, while adding 1.77 steals per game which ranks seventh in the conference. In fact, Florence finished the regular season ranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in seven statistical categories including third in assist-turnover ratio. Florence has started 112-consecutive games for the Huskies and ranks fifth on UW's all-time list for assists (393) and is eighth in steals (214).

This year marks the third-straight year Washington has had a player make the All-Pac-10 team after Cameo Hicks did so in back-to-back years in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Redmon, a guard/forward from Spokane, Wash., is the first UW player to be named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman squad since Hicks in 2003-04. As just a rookie, Redmon has led the Huskies in scoring all season long. She is averaging 11.7 points per contest which ranks 14th in the conference. She has a team-high 19 double-figure scoring efforts including a string of nine-straight from Nov. 17 through Dec. 21. Having already established herself as one of the top freshmen to play for UW, Redmon is tied for the school record in games started as a freshman (30) with Husky greats Karen Deden, Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola.

Whitcomb, a sophomore guard from Ventura, Calif., also earned her first all-conference honor of any kind with her honorable mention nod to the Pac-10 Defensive Team. Whitcomb leads the Huskies and is tied for second in the league in steals (2.03), while averaging 11.2 points per game. Whitcomb was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week this week for her 24-point scoring effort in the Huskies upset of No. 9 California. She came just two steals shy of matching a school record with nine swipes at Washington State, Jan. 4, and holds UW season-highs in points (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9).

Stanford nearly swept top Pac-10 honors as senior guard Candice Wiggins was named Pac-10 Player of the Year for the third time in her career, Kayla Pedersen was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Tara VanDerveer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Arizona State's Briann January was selected the first-ever Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Washington, seeded sixth, will face No. 3 seed Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m.

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