Appel Named Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year; Hones, Smith, Wiggins Honored
March 1, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Jayne Appel (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year on Thursday, highlighting a league-best five selections for No. 7/8 Stanford as the 2006-07 Pac-10 women's basketball honors were announced.
Appel, who also garnered All Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades, was joined on the five-member All-Freshman Team by teammate JJ Hones (Beaverton, Ore.). A 5-10 point guard, Hones emerged as the Cardinal's floor general and started 20 games until an ACL injury ended her season on Feb. 4.
Stanford was also represented on the All Pac-10 Team, as senior Brooke Smith (San Anselmo, Calif.) and junior Candice Wiggins (San Diego, Calif.) were named to the squad for the third consecutive year.
Appel, a 6-4 forward/center, becomes the sixth Cardinal player to earn the honor and the fourth in the last eight years. She has developed into one of the premier post players in the Pac-10 and ranks third on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 ppg). Appel, who has scored in double-figures 19 times with three double-doubles, leads Stanford with 53 blocked shots and is inching closer to the single-season school record of 58 established by Cori Enghusen in 2001-02. She earned her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor back on Feb. 19 after averaging 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists against the Oregon schools.
Despite missing the final six games of the year after suffering an ACL tear in her left knee, Hones made an immediate impact as the Cardinal's starting point guard. She averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game while ranking second on the club in triples. Hones dished out 90 assists while committing only 32 turnovers, translating into an outstanding 2.81 ratio that still leads the Pac-10. Hones' contributions were so impressive that she was named one of 11 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard.
Cardinal standouts Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins were once again named to the All Pac-10 team, strengthening their case for All-America honors and numerous national awards. A 6-3 forward/center, Smith ranks second on the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg), leads the club in assists (101) and has scored in double-figures a team-best 25 times while notching six double-doubles.
A two-time All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year, Wiggins has been solid once again despite being hampered by injuries. The 5-11.5 guard leads the Cardinal in scoring (16.3 ppg) and three-pointers (61). A 45.3-percent shooter from the field, Wiggins also ranks third in assists (84) and is pulling down 4.2 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in 20 games overall and has scored at least 20 points in a game on six different occasions this year. She has participated in 24 of the team's 29 games, making 23 starts.
California sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, while California head coach Joanne Boyle was recognized as the Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Bears to a program-best 22-7 overall record.
2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS
Player of the Year: Devanei Hampton (California), F/C, So.
Freshman of the Year: Jayne Appel (Stanford), F/C, Fr.
Coach of the Year: Joanne Boyle (California)
All Pac-10 Team (in alphabetical order)
Devanei Hampton (California), F/C, So.
Cameo Hicks (Washington), G, Sr.
Aubree Johnson (Arizona State), F, Sr.
Shay Murphy (USC), G, Sr.
Casey Nash (Oregon State), G, Sr.
Noelle Quinn (UCLA), G, Sr.
Brooke Smith (Stanford), F/C, Sr.
Ashley Walker (California), F/C, So.
Emily Westerberg (Arizona State), F, Sr.
Candice Wiggins (Stanford), G, Jr.
* Honorable Mention: Jayne Appel (Stanford), F/C, Fr.; Eleanor Haring (Oregon), F, Sr.; Joy Hollingsworth (Arizona), G, Sr.; Briann January (Arizona State), G, So.; Lindsey Pluimer (UCLA), F, Jr.
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (in alphabetical order)
Jayne Appel (Stanford), F/C
JJ Hones (Stanford), G
Judie Lomax (Oregon State), F
Dymond Simon (Arizona State), G
Natasha Vital (California), G
* Honorable Mention: Lauren Greif (California), G; Taylor Lilley (Oregon), G; Morghan Medlock (USC), G/F; Marisa Stotler (Washington State), F.