Pac-10 Announces 2009-10 Women's Basketball All-Conference Honors
March 10, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote of the league's 10 10 head coaches, among the 15 players named to the All-Pac-10 team were three-time honorees SR C Jayne Appel and SR G Alexis Gray-Lawson, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Also announced was the All-Freshman team and All-Defensive team.
The Pac-10 Player of the Year, Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Pac-10 Coach of the Year as voted on by the head coaches will be announced on Thursday, March 11.
The complete list of honors are listed below:
|Jayne Appel **||Stanford||C||Sr.||Pleasant Hill, Calif.|
|Doreena Campbell**||UCLA||G||Jr.||Alexandria, Va.|
|Micaela Cocks**||Oregon||G||Sr.||Auckland, Australia|
|Ashley Corral||USC||G||So.||Vancouver, Wash.|
|Jasmine Dixon||UCLA||F||So.||Long Beach, Calif.|
|Briana Gilbreath**||USC||G||So.||Katy, Texas|
|Alexis Gray-Lawson***||California||G||Sr.||Oakland, Calif.|
|Ify Ibekwe**||Arizona||F||Jr.||Carson, Calif.|
|Taylor Lilley**||Oregon||G||Sr.||Newhall, Calif.|
|Nnemkadi Ogwumike||Stanford||F||So.||Cypress, Texas|
|Kayla Pedersen**||Stanford||F||Jr.||Fountain Hills, Ariz.|
|Jeanette Pohlen**||Stanford||G||Jr.||Brea, Calif.|
|Danielle Orsillo||Arizona State||G||Sr.||Oroville, Calif.|
|Sami Whitcomb||Washington||G/F||Sr.||Ventura, Calif.|
|Davellyn Whyte||Arizona||G||Fr.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
**two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; ***three-time All-Pac-10 honoree; **** four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): April Cook (WSU, So., G); Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (STAN, RS Sr., G); Amanda Johnson (ORE, So., F); Talisa Rhea (OSU, Jr., G); DeNesha Stallworth (CAL, Fr., F/C); Becca Tobin (ASU, Jr., F); Markel Walker (UCLA, Fr., F).
|KiKi Moore||Washington State||G||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Haiden Palmer||Oregon State||G||Moreno Valley, Calif.|
|DeNesha Stallworth||California||F/C||Richmond, Calif.|
|Markel Walker||UCLA||F||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Davellyn Whyte||Arizona||G||Phoenix, Ariz.|
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Gennifer Brandon (CAL, F); Layshia Clarendon (CAL, G); Christina Marinacci (USC, F); Joslyn Tinkle (STAN, F).
|Briana Gilbreath||USC||G||So.||Katy, Texas|
|Rosalyn Gold-Onwude||Stanford||G||Sr.||Queens, N.Y.|
|Alexis Gray-Lawson||California||G||Sr.||Oakland, Calif.|
|Ify Ibekwe||Arizona||F||Jr.||Carson, Calif.|
|Eliza Pierre||California||G||Fr.||Pasadena, Calif.|
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Kristi Kingma (WASH, So., G/F); Kari LaPlante (USC, Jr., C); Kayli Murphy (ASU, Sr., F/C); Kayla Pedersen (STAN, Jr., F); Markel Walker (UCLA, Fr., F).
(listed in alphabetical order)
APPEL becomes the eighth Stanford player to earn All-Pac-10 honors three times. She broke the Pac-10's all-time rebounding record, eclipsing former USC great Lisa Leslie, also becoming the seventh player in league history to join the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club. Appel ranks 11th in the league in scoring (14.3) and second in rebounding (9.9), recording 13 double-doubles this season while helping the Cardinal clinch its 10th-consecutive regular-season title and 19th overall.
CAMPBELL has been a steadying presence for an experienced Bruins squad, helping the UCLA earn the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, its highest-ever in the nine-year history of the event. Campbell make a second appearance on the all-conference squad after earning a spot last year. She is the only Bruin to start every game this season and averages 10.0 points per game.
COCKS earns her second-consecutive All-Pac-10 honor after helping the Ducks earn the sixth seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, while logging more overall victories and more Pac-10 wins than last year. Reaching the 1,000-point milestone in February, she is second on the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and ranks in the top 10 in the Conference, helping the Ducks rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring.
CORRAL has rewritten the Trojan record books this season, tallying 77 three-pointers to set a new school single-season record. She set the USC single-game record of seven three-pointers against Duke on Dec. 6. Corral also paces the Trojans with 15.1 points per game and leads the Conference with 145 total assists, averaging 5.0 per game. Corral has been durable this season, leading the Conference with an average 36.45 minutes per game played.
DIXON joined the Bruins this season after transferring from Rutgers and made an immediate impact, averaging team highs of 15.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg, while helping UCLA win a school-record tying 15 Pac-10 games and earn its highest-ever seeding in the Conference tournament. Dixon was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 1 after posting 31 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Oregon, becoming the first Bruin with a 30-point, 20-rebound performance since 1994.
GILBREATH, the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was voted to the All-Pac-10 squad for the second-straight year. She is the Trojans rebounding leader with 5.9 rpg and is second behind teammate Corral with 12.8 points per game. She has also collected 44 blocks this season, good for third-most in the Conference.
GRAY-LAWSON has had a record-setting season, becoming the California career record holder for three pointers (200) and became only the eighth Golden Bear to score over 1,500 career points (1,863). Currently, she is second in the Pac-10 in scoring averaging 18.0 points per game. For her outstanding play, Gray-Lawson is the 2010 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award recipient, presented to the nation's most outstanding player standing at 5-feet-8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically. Gray-Lawson has been named all-conference three-straight years.
IBEKWE is the Pac-10's leader in double-doubles (16) earning a spot on the team for the second-straight year. She is the only player in the league to average a double-double, leading the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.3) and ranking sixth in the nation in the category. Her 13.9 ppg are second on the team and ranks in the top 15 in the Pac-10. Ibekwe reached the 1,000-point threshold for her career this season and three seasons at Arizona, she ranks in the top 25 in the Pac-10 all-time in total rebounds and third in career rebounding average (10.5 rpg).
LILLEY makes her second appearance on the All-Pac-10 team after earning a spot in 2008. Lilley has led the high-octane Oregon offense, averaging 17.5 ppg to also rank third in the Pac-10. Her 3.6 threes per game average ranks third in the nation. She broke the Pac-10 single-season record for three pointers (108), a record which had stood since 1997. Lilley is the Ducks' three-point career leader and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 all-time.
OGWUMIKE has had a breakout season, averaging a Conference-leading 18.2 ppg, while also grabbing 9.4 rpg to rank third in the league. Ogwumike's 63.8 shooting percentage is fourth-best in the nation. Her 14 20-point outings leads the Pac-10 and has helped the Cardinal to its fifth undefeated Conference season and a No. 2 national ranking. Ogwumike turned in a 30-point, 23-rebound performance on Jan. 23 at Oregon, tying for the second-most rebounds in a game by a Pac-10 player.
ORSILLO has been a steady presence for the Sun Devils, starting ASU's last 64 games and scoring in double figures in 36 of her last 43 contests, dating back to last season. She currently ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, also leading the Sun Devils in three-point field goals (25) and steals per game (1.8). Orsillo is currently in sixth place on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,351 points.
PEDERSEN has put together a stellar season, boasting career highs in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg) and three-pointers helping Stanford go 18-0 in Conference play and 28-1 overall. A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, Pedersen is ranked in the top five in the Conference in scoring, rebounding and three-point shooting percentage, while posting 10 double-doubles on the year.
POHLEN leads the Pac-10 with a 1.95 assist-to-turnover ratio and is second in the Conference with 4.54 assists per game. From three-point range, Pohlen leads the Cardinal with 51 three-pointers and is shooting 35.9 percent from long range while averaging 9.3 points per game. She scored a career-high 26 points at Oregon in February, going 10-13 from the floor and 6-for-9 from the three-point arc.
WHITCOMB earns a spot on the All-Pac-10 team as a senior after filling the role as the Huskies' 'go-to' player for the last couple of years. She leads the team in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg) and free throw shooting (.860), and has been the leader of a UW squad that won more games than last season and more than doubled its Conference win total. Among her seven 20-point outings this season, she broke out for 32 points in a win over state-rival Washington State.
WHYTE has entered the Wildcat record books in her first season, ranking second all-time on the freshman scoring list at Arizona with 465 points. She has recorded two 30-point games, including a school-record 39 points against Oregon on Jan. 17. The highest-scoring freshman in the Pac-10, Whyte leads the Wildcats with 16.0 ppg while shooting .361 from three-point range, .429 from the field, and grabbing 4.1 rebounds per contest.
(listed in alphabetical order)
MOORE has made a big impact on a young Washington State squad, averaging 12.1 points per game, the second-highest average on the team, and ranking in the top-20 in the league. She is the Pac-10's steals leader, also ranking eighth in the nation with 3.3 thefts per game. A starter in each of WSU's 29 games, she has 21 double-digit efforts and swiped a Cougar freshman-class record eight steals twice.
PALMER is the first Beaver to earn a spot on the All-Freshman team since teammate Talisa Rhea in 2008. Palmer is second on the team in scoring, contributing 10.7 points per game and has started every game for the Beavers. She turned in her best outing at Oregon where she scored 25 points and grabbed 11 boards, both season highs.
STALLWORTH has had an outstanding freshman campaign, ranking second on the team and second in the Conference with 12.4 points per game. She is first amongst all freshman in shooting efficiency, coming in sixth among all players with a 49.1 field goal percentage and third with 32 blocked shots.
WALKER has been one of two main reasons the Bruins have claimed the second seed in the Pac-10 Tournament and won 15 league games to tie a school record. Walker has been a big presence in the post, averaging 10.8 ppg and grabbing 7.6 rpg. She was selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 1 and ranks in the top 10 in the Pac-10 in five statistical categories, including eighth in rebounding.
WHYTE is the highest-scoring freshman in the Conference, averaging 17.2 ppg, turning in two 30-point performances this year, including a school-record 39-point outing on Jan. 17 against Oregon. Her 465 points is the second most in a season by a Wildcat freshman all-time.
PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
(listed in alphabetical order)
GILBREATH presence on the defensive end comes in the form of 44 blocks this season, collecting 72 for her career. On Dec. 12 against Long Beach State, Gilbreath tallied a career-high six blocks and has helped USC hold teams to an average of 63.9 points per game.
GOLD-ONWUDE's intensity on the defensive end is one of the reasons why Stanford leads the Pac-10 with the lowest figures in scoring defense, limiting opponents just 54.3 ppg, while holding teams to 33.9 percent from the floor and 26.1 percent from behind the three-point arc. Gold-Onwude has also added 20 steals on the year in part because of her pesky defensive style.
GRAY-LAWSON is pesky on the defensive end, helping California hold opponents to a 39.6 percent shooting, good for fifth in the Conference, while also grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game to rank 20th. She has 32 steals on the year, second-best for the Bears.
IBEKWE is an All-Defensive team honoree for the second-straight year and the only Wildcat to earn the distinction in the three years of the honor. The only player in the Pac-10 to average a double-double and leading the Conference with 11.3 rpg, Ibekwe's presence on the court and in the paint has been a big reason the Wildcats rank third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 37.8 percent.
PIERRE is the Golden Bears' steals leader with 58, seventh-best total in the Conference. Pierre's staunch defense outside the arc has helped Cal hold opponents to the second-lowest three-point field goal percentage in the Pac-10 at 28 percent.
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