Seven Women of Troy Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
March 6, 2008
USC has landed six players on All-Pac-10 teams for the 2007-08 women's basketball season, led by Second Team honors for junior center Nadia Parker and Third Team honors for junior point guard Camille LeNoir. LeNoir's Third Team pick is the highest of her USC career, and Parker's Second Team selection marks her first-ever all-conference honor.
Also getting their first All-Pac-10 accolades as Trojans are sophomore Heather Oliver - who earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention - and All-Freshman honorable mention selection Kari LaPlante. In the conference's first year handing out defensive honors, USC senior Simone Jelks has been named to the Pac-10 Defensive Team, while fellow senior Allison Jaskowiak and Heather Oliver earned Defensive honorable mention.
Until being sidelined by a knee injury last week, Nadia Parker was USC's top gun in the paint, starting 25 games for the Women of Troy. She is the Trojans' top scorer (12.1 ppg) and leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) and served up 40 blocks this season. Parker tallied six double-doubles, hitting double figures in 18 games. She set a new career high with 23 points against Washington on Feb. 8, and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds earlier this season against Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Another career high came for Parker against UCLA on Jan. 19 with four steals against the Bruins, and she tallied a career-best five blocks against Cal on Feb. 2. Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 26, this Second Team honor is Parker's first All-Pac-10 recognition.
LeNoir's All-Pac-10 Third Team honor is the highest of her USC career, as the junior was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention pick in 2004-05 and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention the next year. Sidelined for the 2006-07 season with a hip injury, LeNoir returned to the court this season and has been a huge part of the Trojans' successes. She has climbed the USC career charts this season, ranking No. 4 all-time with 114 career 3-pointers and No. 9 all-time with 337 career assists. This season, she hit career highs with eight assists against Arizona on Dec. 28, nine rebounds against Oregon State on Jan. 24, and the junior nailed five 3-pointers against Stanford on Jan. 6, when she also served up the game-winning basket in the Trojans' win over the Cardinal. USC's second leading scorer with 10.9 points per game, LeNoir ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 4.1 assists per game and an assist/turnover ratio of 1.62.
In her first season at Troy after transferring from Central Arizona College, sophomore guard Heather Oliver has made a quick impact for the Women of Troy, catching the eye of the Pac-10 en route to her All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention award. She's third on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game and ranks No. 9 in the Pac-10 with a 3-pont field goal percentage of .337, having hit 28 threes so far this season. She was named the MVP of the Women of Troy Basketball Classic earlier this season, and had a career game against WSU on Feb. 10 with 21 points and eight rebounds. Her reliability on defense also picked up the sophomore a selection to the first-ever Pac-10 Defensive honor roll, as Oliver earned Pac-10 defensive honorable mention.
Also in her first year at USC, freshman center Kari LaPlante has played a key role for the Trojans, earning herself selection as Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention. LaPlante averages 4.4 point and 2.7 rebounds per game and has added 10 blocks so far this season.
And when it comes to putting stop to opponents' top guns, the Trojans have had a reliable defensive force in seniors Simone Jelks and Allison Jaskowiak. For her overpowering defensive pressure that has anchored USC for the past four years, Simone Jelks has earned honors on the first-ever Pac-10 Defensive Team of the conference's top five defensive players. Jelks has nabbed 16 steals and averages 2.6 rebounds per game.
Joining sophomore Oliver on the Defensive honorable mention list is fifth-year athlete Allison Jaskowiak - another potent part of USC's defensive gameplan who has been responsible for 32 steals this season and averages 3.8 rebounds per game.
The Pac-10 honorees were recognized for their outstanding efforts on Thursday evening in San Jose at the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament Banquet. USC opens its run at the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 4 seed up against No. 5 UCLA in a 7:15 p.m. quarterfinal game on Saturday (March 8).
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