Six women's basketball players claim AP honors
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Several Pac-12 women's basketball players received national recognition from the Associated Press, led by Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, who was voted a first-team AP All-American, the AP announced today. Five others were honorable mentions. In addition to first-team All-America nods, Ogwumike was also named one of three finalists for the WBCA's National Defensive Player of the Year award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association also announced today.
A junior forward, Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) led Stanford to a seventh-straight Pac-12 Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. The Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year has led the Conference with 22.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Those averages also rank seventh and fifth, respectively, in the nation. Ogwumike shot 58.6 percent from the field this season, good for fourth-best in the country, while racking up a nation-leading 28 double-doubles.
The five players who were named honorable mention are California's Gennifer Brandon (Sylmar, Calif.) and Layshia Clarendon (San Bernardino, Calif.), Colorado's Chucky Jeffery (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and UCLA's Markel Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.). All four helped lead their respective teams to the NCAA Tournament. Brandon, Clarendon and the rest of the Golden Bears won the NCAA West Region title and are headed to New Orleans for the program's first-ever Final Four appearance.
Also named an Honorable Mention AP All-American is Utah's Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Utah is also having a successful postseason run, advancing to the semifinals of the WNIT. Plouffe is fourth in the Pac-12 with 17.2 ppg and ranks fifth with a 9.1 rebounding average.