Whitcomb, Kingma Earn Pac-10 Honors

March 11, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington women's basketball players Sami Whitcomb and Kristi Kingma were among those to earn 2008-09 Pac-10 honors, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Whitcomb, a junior guard from Ventura, Calif., was tabbed to both the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team and the All-Defensive honorable mention team, while Kingma, a rookie guard from Mill Creek, Wash., was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention squad. All-Pac-10 teams are voted upon by the league's coaches.

Whitcomb was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team for the first time in her career, but earned her second-straight nod to the Defensive honorable mention squad. She leads the Huskies in scoring (12.8 ppg) and steals (2.3 spg), and is tied for the team lead in rebounding (4.0). Her 2.3 steals per contest lead the Pac-10 heading into this week's conference tournament. Whitcomb, who is also fifth in the league in three-pointers per game (1.7), has tallied 18 double-figure scoring games this year and four 20-point efforts.

Kingma garnered her first conference accolade as a freshman standout for the Huskies. She is second on the squad with an 8.6 scoring average and has 11 double-figure scoring efforts despite dealing with an ankle injury suffered in UW's Pac-10 opener back on Jan. 3. Kingma's career-high 25-point scoring effort at UCLA, Jan. 24, is tied for ninth on UW's high scoring game list for freshmen. She is also tied for ninth on UW freshman lists for game started (24) and tied for sixth in three-point field goals made (26).

Stanford's Jayne Appel was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, USC's Briana Gilbreath was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Arizona State's Briann January was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer was selected the Coach of the Year.

Washington, seeded 10th, will face seventh-seed Oregon in the first round of the 2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament, Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.

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