Five Women Of Troy Earn All-Pac-10 Acclaim
March 12, 2009
USC's Briana Gilbreath has become the first Trojan since 1994 to be named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year with the versatile guard's selection to the top honor this season. At last night's Pac-10 Tournament Banquet, the conference announced the recipients of the 2008-09 All-Pac-10 awards. Gilbreath shined alongside four other Women of Troy earning well-deserved accolades, including All-Pac-10 Second Team selection, senior guard Camille LeNoir. Gilbreath also snagged a spot on the All-Pac-10 Third Team, while senior center Nadia Parker earned Honorable Mention. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year also had company on the All-Freshman Team with guard Ashley Corral earned All-Freshman Honorable Mention. Gilbreath's name appeared again on the list with selection to the All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention list along with junior guard Heather Oliver.
Freshman guard Briana Gilbreath joins elite company as one of only four Women of Troy to be honored as the Pac-10 Freshmen/Newcomer of the Year. Monica Lamb was USC's first, named Newcomer of the Year in 1986-87. Lisa Leslie next was named Freshman of the Year in 1990-91, and Tina Thompson was the last to earn the honor with her selection in 1993-94. The 2008-09 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Gilbreath also appears on this season's All-Pac-10 Third Team and receives Pac-10 All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention. Gilbreath stands out as USC's second leading scorer and top rebounder as the Trojans enter this week's Pac-10 Tournament at the Galen Center. With 10.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds, Gilbreath stands as the Pac-10's No. 18 scorer and No. 13 rebounder. She's also fifth in the conference in steals with 1.8 per game (tops for USC) and sixth in the Pac-10 for offensive rebounds with 2.8 per game. Gilbreath is also the only Trojan to have started all 29 games to date, and she has hauled in two double-doubles and 18 games with double-digit scoring.
Senior point guard Camille LeNoir has earned her highest honor from the Pac-10 as a member of this season's All-Pac-10 Second Team. She earned All-Freshman Honorable Mention in 2004-05 and All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2005-06 before having to redshirt the next year due to a hip injury. As a redshirt junior, LeNoir was picked to the All-Pac-10 Third Team. USC's top scorer and assists leader this season, LeNoir is averaging 12.7 points per game (12th in the Pac-10) and 3.8 assists per game (4th in the Pac-10). She's hit double figures in 20 games this season and lifted herself into the USC history books in several categories during her senior season. Early this season, LeNoir joined elite company as one of only 21 Trojans to achieve the 1,000-point feat, and continues to shoot up in the all-time ladders at Troy. She has since leapfrogged into the No. 13 all-time slot in career scoring, now holding 1,346 points. What's more, with five assists against Oregon on Jan. 2, LeNoir passed up Trojan great Cynthia Cooper on the all-time career assists list, and she later also pushed past another USC great -- Cheryl Miller. She now stands alone at No. 3 with 450, including a new career-high 9 assists vs. Stanford. She also already has taken up residence as USC's No. 3 all-time 3-point shooter, just behind teammate Brynn Cameron, with 149 career threes.
Senior center Nadia Parker has faced injuries throughout her final season at Troy and still comes out with her second career selection to an All-Pac-10 Team. Although a knee injury will sideline her for the Pac-10 Tournament for the second straight season, Parker's All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention pick this year is a testament to the center's strength throughout the year. She closes her USC playing career as the Trojans' No. 8 leader in career blocks. With 31 this season, Parker averaged 1.2 blocks per game to hold the fourth best mark in the conference. And with 10.7 points per game, she ranks No. 19 in the Pac-10 in scoring along with the No. 14 mark in rebounds with 5.5 rpg. She had two double-doubles this season with 15 games scoring in double figures and three double-digit rebounding efforts.
Freshman guard Ashley Corral has earned a spot on the All-Freshman Honorable Mention list, shining as USC's leading 3-point shooter with 49 made and 1.7 per game. That ranks her No. 6 in the conference while her overall scoring mark of 8.8 points per game has her fifth on the team and 27th in the Pac-10 as a whole. She made a fast name for herself when she sank six 3-pointers in a game earlier this season, matching the program record set by her senior teammate Brynn Cameron.
In addition to Gilbreath's Honorable Mention nod, the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team again has junior guard Heather Oliver on the Honorable Mention list. Oliver and Gilbreath both have stood strong as two defensive locks for the Trojans. Gilbreath has thrown up 51 steals and 27 blocks on the season, and Oliver boasts 30 steals so far this season. Oliver also has delivered from beyond the arc with 39 threes with a 39.8 percent 3-point shooting average to rank No. 5 in the conference. In her second season of action as a Trojan, Oliver is averaging 9.0 points per game and has started the past six games for USC.
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