Four ASU Women's Basketball Players Earn Pac-10 Honors

March 1, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Arizona State senior forwards Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg were named to the All-Pacific-10 Team, leading a group of four Sun Devils who received all-league honors, according to an announcement by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen on Thursday. With the honor, Westerberg is the first Sun Devil to be named to the All-Pac-10 Team three times.

In addition to Johnson and Westerberg's accolades, sophomore guard Briann January was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and guard Dymond Simon was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. The All-Pac-10 and All-Freshman Teams were determined by a vote of the league's 10 head coaches.

Aubree Johnson

One of the Pac-10's most accurate shooters, Johnson led the team and finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.554). She also led the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and tied for third on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg). Johnson's play was one of the most important factors in helping the Sun Devils win a school record 16 Pac-10 games this season. During ASU's current seven-game winning streak Johnson has led the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounds (5.4 rpg) and blocks (1.7 bpg) and tied for second on the team in steals (1.7 spg per game). Last month Johnson was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week after averaging 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists in ASU's wins over Oregon (61-48) and Oregon State (78-63). She had career-bests in points (27) and field goals (12) in the Oregon State win, the most by a Sun Devil in either category since December of 2005.

The team leader in points per game (13.8) and second in rebounds per game (5.2), Westerberg's steady play helped the Sun Devils to a school record 26 wins this season. One of ASU's 2006-07 co-captains along with Johnson, Westerberg led or tied for the team lead in scoring 10 times this season and has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding four times. She scored in double figures in 20 of the 26 games she played in. Named to the Naismith Award Watch List earlier this season, Westerberg finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.852) and No. 8 in field goal percentage (.526). In December Westerberg became the 17th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. She is currently No. 6 on ASU's all-time scoring list (1,262 points), No. 5 in most career free throws (328) and No. 8 in most career field goals (441).

Briann January

One of the Pac-10's top defenders, who is also known for her outstanding playmaking ability, January picked up right where she left off last season when she was named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman Team. This season January led the Sun Devils in both assists (4.2 apg, fourth in the Pac-10) and steals (2.2 spg, second in the Pac-10). She also finished fifth in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio and ninth in free throw percentage (.789). January had two or fewer turnovers 18 times this season, and had one or zero turnovers 12 times. Tied for the team lead with junior guard Reagan Pariseau in minutes per game (24.8), January scored in double figures 12 times this season, including eight times in the season's final 12 games. Her best offensive performance of the year came in ASU's 80-69 win at UCLA, when she posted career-best numbers in points (22) and field goals (6) while also tying her career-best marks in steals (6) and three-point field goals (2).

Dymond Simon

One of ASU's top newcomers entering the 2006-07 season, Simon was having a stellar season before suffering a torn ACL in ASU's 62-54 win vs. USC (Jan. 21). At the time of her injury, Simon, who averaged 17.1 minutes in 20 games, was third on the team in scoring (9.7 points per game) and second on the team in steals (1.6 per game). Simon, who scored in double figures seven times this season, earned Pac-10 Player of the Week kudos after averaging 20 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in ASU wins vs. Washington State (Jan. 4) and Washington (Jan. 7). In the two games Simon connected on 78.9 percent of her shots, including 4-of-5 from three-point range (80 percent). She scored a career-best 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting (.818) and tied her career-best with five assists in ASU's victory over the Cougars. Against the Huskies, Simon was equally efficient scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting (.800) to go along with one assist and one steal.

Currently on a seven-game winning streak, the Sun Devils return to action on Saturday (approx. 2:15 p.m. AZ time) when they face either UCLA or Washington State in a quarterfinal matchup at the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose.

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