Nicole Powell Named Pac-10 Player of the Year
March 5, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior forward Nicole Powell has been named the 2003-04 Pacific-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year as voted on by the league's coaches. Forward/center Kristen Newlin was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, while junior guard Susan Borchardt and junior guard Kelley Suminski earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors.
Powell ended the regular season ranked first in the league in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and free-throw percentage (86.5 percent), second in scoring (20.1 ppg), third in three-point field goal percentage (1.83 avg), sixth in assists (3.54 apg), eighth in steals (1.92 spg) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (36.7 percent). She was one of only two players in the Conference to finish the season averaging a double-double and the only to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Powell was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001-02, the fifth player ever to receive the honor multiple times. She has been named to the All-Conference Team all four of the years she played for the Cardinal, only the fourth player ever to do so in the history of the Pac-10 and the first since UCLA's Maylana Martin in 1997-2000. Powell was named Pac-10 Player of the Week seven times in her career, becoming one of just eight players ever to receive the honor at least seven times.
Newlin leads the Cardinal in blocked shots with 45 over the season (1.96 bpg), third-best in the Pac-10.She tied for most blocked shots in a game this year with eight at Washington State on Jan. 2. She alsoaveraged 5.5 rebounds per game, second most for a Stanford player.
Borchardt, a starter in all 27 regular-season games, ranks third in scoring for Stanford with 223 points this season and has averaged 8.3 ppg. She has shot 47.9 percent (78-163) from the field and ranks third in the conference after shooting 43.5 percent (40-92) from behind the three-point line.
Suminski, also a starter in all 27 games so far this season, has averaged 9.7 ppg and ranks second on the Cardinal squad with 262 total points. This season, Suminski ranks second in the conference with 83.3 percent (65-78) shooting from the free-throw line. She is first in the Cardinal career recordbooks in free throw percentage (84.4; 248-294) and No. 21 with 9.5 ppg.