Pac-10 Media Members Bestow Honors To Caldwell, Dixon, Walker
March 9, 2010
A panel of Pac-10 women's basketball media members who cover the league voted UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and newcomers Jasmine Dixon and Markel Walker as All-Pac-10 honorees.
In just her second season as a head coach, Caldwell has led the Bruins to their best-ever seeding in the nine years of the Pac-10 Tournament. The 23rd-ranked Bruins are 22-7 heading into the tournament and have won eight straight games and 12 of their last 13. The Bruins tied a school record for most league victories after going 15-3 in Pac-10 play, and the 22 wins are the most since the 1998-99 squad had 26 wins during its run to the NCAA Elite Eight. In two seasons, Caldwell has amassed a record of 41-19 (.683).
Dixon ranked sixth in voting on the media's All-Pac-10 squad. The sophomore transfer leads UCLA in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (7.9) and is second in steals (51). Her impact on the team is reflected in the Bruins' 18-4 record since she made her debut on Dec. 15. On Feb. 27, she recorded only the second 30/20 game in UCLA history, scoring 31 points with 20 rebounds at Oregon.
Walker, who was also voted to the media's All-Freshman team with the second-most votes, is UCLA's second-leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. She leads the Bruins with 60 steals and is third in assists with 73. Walker has contributed a team-high six double-doubles on the year.
The media selected sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford as the Pac-10 Player of the Year, Arizona guard Davellyn Whyte as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and Arizona junior forward Ify Ibekwe as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. The media also selected a 15-member All-Pac-10 team, a five-member All-Defensive team and a five-member All-Freshman team. It is the first time the media has voted on Conference honors and are in addition to the Pac-10 awards voted on by the league coaches, which will be announced on Wednesday and Thursday. The panel included local and national media members.
The State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament tips off on Thursday, March 11 with two first-round games at Galen Center in Los Angeles. The action continues on Friday, March 12 with the quarterfinals. The first six games of the tournament will be streamed live at www.pac-10.org and www.10teams1trophy.com.
The quarterfinal winners move on to the semifinals on Saturday, March 13, with the champion being crowned on Sunday, March 14. The final three games of the tournament will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.
2010 Pac-10 Media All-Pac-10 (Points):
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STANFORD (218); Jayne Appel, STANFORD (203); Alexis Gray-Lawson, CALIFORNIA (185); Kayla Pedersen, STANFORD (176); Ify Ibekwe, ARIZONA (153); Jasmine Dixon, UCLA (117); Ashley Corral, USC (106); Taylor Lilley, OREGON (106); Danielle Orsillo, ARIZONA STATE (85); Davellyn Whyte, ARIZONA (69); Jeanette Pohlen, STANFORD (58); Markel Walker, UCLA (56); Talisa Rhea, OREGON STATE (47); Sami Whitcomb, WASHINGTON (41); Briana Gilbreath, USC (32).
2010 Pac-10 Media All-Freshman Team (Points):
Davellyn Whyte, ARIZONA (62); Markel Walker, UCLA (53); KiKi Moore, WASHINGTON STATE (40); DeNesha Stallworth, CALIFORNIA (27); Gennifer Brandon, CALIFORNIA (7).
2010 Media All-Defensive Team (Points):
Ify Ibekwe, ARIZONA (50); KiKi Moore, WASHINGTON STATE (35); Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, STANFORD (33); Briana Gilbreath, USC (20); Carly Noyes, WASHINGTON STATE (12).