Corral And Gilbreath Named To All-Pac-10 Team
March 10, 2010
USC sophomore Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath have been outstanding for the Women of Troy all season, and their efforts in leading USC to an 18-11 overall record and No. 3 seed in the coming Pac-10 Tournament have been acknowledged with a spot on the prestigious All-Pac-10 Team. Also picking up Pac-10 honors for 2010 are freshman Christina Marinacci with All-Freshman Honorable Mention, and Kari LaPlante with All-Defensive Honorable Mention. Gilbreath also picks up honors on the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.
The Pac-10 awards have been restructured this season, forgoing second and third teams in exchange for a 15-player All-Pac-10 Team to go along with Honorable Mention recipients. Player, Coach, Newcomer and Defensive Player of the Year awards will be announced tomorrow (March 11) by the Pac-10 Conference.
For Briana Gilbreath, this is the sophomore's second season on the Pac-10 honor roll. She was the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an All-Pac-10 Third Team selection last season and received Pac-10 Defensive Honorable Mention. This year, one her way to 2010 All-Pac-10 Team and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honors, Gilbreath is USC's second leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, ranking her 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring. With 5.9 rebounds per game, Gilbreath is 17th in the conference and USC's top rebounder. As a distributor, she's serving up 3.0 assists per game for the eighth-best mark in the Pac-10 to go along with the No. 3 best mark in assist/turnover ration of 1.4. Her defensive prowess has also now been well acknowledged as she has earned another nod as one of the Pac-10's best defenders. She's third in the conference with 44 blocks to date, with 1.5 blocks per game to rank 84th in the nation.
USC sophomore point guard Ashley Corral also has established her dominant role in the conference, adding to last year's Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention with this season's 2010 pick to the All-Pac-10 Team. She's hit new career highs this season and solidified her place in the Trojan record books, recently setting a new single-season high for 3-pointers made. She also became one of just five USC players to serve up at least 12 assists in a game, and she leads the Pac-10 in assists on the year with 5.0 per game to also rank No. 41 in the nation. Corral also stands second in the conference with 2.7 threes per game [No. 30 in the nation], is No. 6 in free throws with an .832 average (89-of-107) [No. 49 in the nation], and is eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring with 15.1 points per game. She's also made a home in the USC all-time top-10 for career 3-pointers, ranking No. 5 all-time with 130 career threes to date -- two away from the No. 4 spot.
USC newcomer Christina Marinacci has come on strong for the Trojans and earned herself a starting role. Her impact clearly has been noticed by the Pac-10 as a whole - she leads USC in offensive rebounds and is providing 6.0 points, 3. 8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game so far in her freshman season. For her solid play, Marinacci opens her Trojan career with Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention as she sets up to take her first trip to the Pac-10 Tournament this week with her USC teammates.
Joining Gilbreath in the blocks brigade for the Women of Troy is junior center Kari LaPlante, who is called upon to match up with opponents' top posts. Herself a force to reckon with in the paint, LaPlante has earned her first all-conference accolades with her recognition of Pac-10 All-Defensive Honorable Mention. LaPlante averages 4.7 rebounds per game and has served up 18 blocks to go along with 6.6 points per game for the Trojans to date.