Blue, Quinn, Willis Named To All-Pac-10 First Team
March 2, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA's vaunted Triple Threat guard combo of Nikki Blue (Bakersfield, Calif.), Noelle Quinn (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Lisa Willis (Long Beach, Calif.) have all been named by the league's coaches as first-team selections to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team. Blue earned her fourth consecutive first-team award, and Quinn and Willis both received their second honor.
Blue becomes just the fifth woman to earn four All-Pac-10 honors, joining UCLA assistant coach and former Bruin player Maylana Martin (1997-2000), USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94), Oregon State's Tanja Kostic (1993-96) and Stanford's Nicole Powell (2001-04). Blue, a nominee for the Lieberman Award honoring the nation's top point guard, leads the Conference in assists (5.67 apg) and ranks in the Top 10 in steals (7th, 1.93 spg), three-point field goal percentage (2nd, .453), assist/turnover ratio (4th, 1.80) and minutes played (9th, 33.0). She has made her way into the UCLA and Pac-10 record books, ranking sixth on the UCLA scoring list and 18th on the Pac-10 scoring chart with 1,735 points. She also ranks second on UCLA's career assist list (566) and second on the Pac-10 steals list (310).
Quinn, a junior, returns to the All-Pac-10 first team for the second time in her career after earning honorable mention honors in an injury-shortened season a year ago. Quinn ranks in the Top 3 in the league in scoring (3rd, 18.3 ppg), rebounding (2nd, 8.1 rpg) and assists (3rd, 4.07 apg) and ranks 30th in the nation in scoring. She has scored 20 or more points in eight of the last 11 games and in 12 games overall this year and is averaging 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 55.2% (96-of-174) from the field in those 11 games. On the year, she has produced eight double-doubles and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three times to bring her career total to eight, tying the Conference record for most career Player of the Week awards. Quinn was also a standout in the classroom, earning first-team Academic All-District honors.
Willis, the all-time Pac-10 steals leader (349), earns her second consecutive first-team all-conference honor. Her average of 3.4 steals per game leads the Conference and ranks ninth in the nation. She is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game this season to rank fifth in the Pac-10 and in the Top 50 in the nation. Willis is also eighth in the Conference in assists with a 3.48 average and in assist/turnover ratio (1.14). She has earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice this season, including this week. The senior guard ranks in the Top 10 on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,578 points and has held the school three-point field goals record since last season with 237. She has started in 85-straight games.
Stanford sophomore Candice Wiggins earned repeat honors as Pac-10 Player of the Year, and California's Alexis Gray-Lawson was named Freshman of the Year. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer was selected the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the eighth time in her career.
2005-06 ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
Nikki Blue** (UCLA, Sr., G)
Devanei Hampton (CAL, Fr., F/C)
Cameo Hicks (WASH, Jr., G)
Kristen Kovesdy (ASU, Sr., F)
Eshaya Murphy (USC, Jr., F)
Noelle Quinn* (UCLA, Jr., G)
Brooke Smith* (STAN, Jr. C)
Emily Westerberg* (ASU, Jr., F)
Candice Wiggins* (STAN, So., G)
Lisa Willis* (UCLA, Sr., G)
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; **four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Kate Benz (WSU, Jr., F); Kim Butler (OSU, Sr., F); Meghan Gnekow (USC, Sr., G); Alexis Gray-Lawson (CAL, Fr., G); Natalie Jones (ARIZ, Sr., G); Camille LeNoir (USC, So., G); Chelsea Wagner (ORE, Sr., G).
2005-06 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Alexis Gray-Lawson (CAL, G)
Devanei Hampton (CAL, F/C)
Jillian Harmon (STAN, F)
Briann January (ASU, G)
Ashley Walker (CAL, F)
HONORABLE MENTION (Received Votes): Amanda DuRocher (WSU, G); Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (STAN, G); Jene Morris (CAL, G); Tamika Nurse (ORE, G); Danielle Orsillo (ASU, G).
Pac-10 Player of the Year: Candice Wiggins, STAN
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year: Alexis Gray-Lawson, CAL
Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Tara VanDerveer, STAN