Pac-10 Women's Basketball Players Collect Postseason Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pac-10 women's basketball players are racking up the postseason accolades, as they are being announced this week. STANFORD senior guard Jeanette Pohlen was selected to the Associated Press All-America First Team, U.S. Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA) All-America team and the John R. Wooden Award All America Team. Her teammate, junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, was also named to the UWBWA All-America squad, the John R. Wooden Award All America team and was an Associated Press All-America Second Team honoree. UCLA junior forward Jasmine Dixon, USC junior guard Briana Gilbreath, ARIZONA senior forward Ify Ibekwe and Stanford senior guard/forward Kayla Pedersen were named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention.
Pohlen's Associated Press All-America First-Team nod is the first for the Cardinal since Candice Wiggins was named to the AP's top team in 2008. The Brea, Calif. native has averaged a career-high 14.6 points and 4.77 assists per game in 2010-11 and has been one of the nation's breakout stars en route to earning the Pac-10 Player of the Year award.
Ogwumike, making a second straight appearance on the Associated Press Second-Team, was named to the All-Pac-10 Team and All-Defensive Team honorable mention in a season in which she leads the loop with 17.0 points per game. The Cypress, Texas native has saved her best for the postseason, as she always does, averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the field over Stanford's first four wins. She earned her second straight Regional Most Outstanding Player honor following Monday night's win over Gonzaga, where shot 9-of-11 with a 23-point performance. Ogwumike is now a two-time Wooden Award All American honoree (2010-11).
Stanford's Pedersen was named honorable mention for the second straight year after averaging 12.8 points a 7.9 rebounds so far in 2010-11. Along with Pohlen and fellow seniors Ashley Cimino and Hannah Donaghe. Pedersen holds the distinction of not only racking up a perfect 63-0 career record at Maples Pavilion, but also becoming the first class in Stanford history to reach four consecutive Final Fours.
UCLA's Dixon earns her first Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention nod after finishing with 12.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game as she led the Bruins to their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
USC's Gilbreath leads USC with 14.5 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. This is the junior's first Associated Press All-America honor.
Ibekwe is being recognized by the Associated Press for the second time in her career after earning All-America Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore during the 2008-09 season. This season, she earned Arizona's 20th All-America selection from the various publications and the Wildcats' sixth selection by the Associated Press. Ibekwe led the Cats in scoring with 16.1 points per game and at the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game. She had 14 double-doubles, 25 games in double-digit scoring and 15 games in double-digit rebounding.
Stanford is set to play Texas A&M in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four Semifinals on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. PT in Indianapolis, Ind. USC, the other Pac-10 team still active in postseason play will face Illinois State on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:05 p.m. PT in the WNIT Semifinals.