Four Pac-12 women's basketball players earn WBCA all-region honors
SEATTLE - Four women’s basketball players representing four Pac-12 teams were selected to Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region 8 nominees, the WBCA announced today. The 52 region nominees from across the country will be considered for the 10-member 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team.
The nominees from the Pac-12 are Brittany Boyd (Berkeley, Calif.) from California, Cassie Harberts (San Clemente, Calif.) from USC, Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) from Stanford and Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) from Utah. Of the four three are seniors with Boyd as the only junior from the Pac-12 to garner the regional nods.
Boyd is one of five finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the top-collegiate point guard in the nation and is also a candidate for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy this season. She finished her junior year averaging 14.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.9 steals per game for the Golden Bears, also earning All-Pac-12 honors for the second-consecutive year. She was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team and ranks 10th in steals per game. The Golden Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive year.
Ogwumike is one of the most decorated players in Pac-12 history, owning both the all-time scoring (2,673) and rebounding (1,532) records. Leading the Cardinal to a Pac-12 regular-season title and the program’s seventh-consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. An All-American and consensus national player of the year candidate, she is a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She averages a Conference-best 26.6 points per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the floor, also tops in the Pac-12. She is also averaging 12.1 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the league. She also ranks in the top-10 in the country in all three categories, while also ranking seventh with 24 double-doubles. She the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in the country in all four categories.
Harberts led the Trojans to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 after averaging 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. She is a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and also helped USC claim its first-ever Pac-12 Tournament title after upsetting Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State to claim the title. The Trojans are the first-ever team to win four games in four days to win the Pac-12 crown.
Plouffe is a two-time All-Pac-12 honoree and was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team this season, turning in double-figure games in 27 of 29 games, also recording double-digit boards 16 times this season. She led the team in scoring and rebounding at 18.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, both ranking in the top 10 in the Conference, including third among the Conference’s rebounders.
The 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday April 5, during NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.