Stanford Places Six On All-Pac-10 Women's Basketball Teams
March 10, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball had six players honored Wednesday as the Pac-10 announced its all-conference teams. Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen were all voted to the All-Pac-10 Team by the conference coaches, while Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was selected to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team and freshman Joslyn Tinkle was named All-Rookie honorable mention.
The 15-player All-Pac-10 Team, along with the five-player All-Defensive and All-Rookie Teams were selected by a vote of the 10 conference head coaches. The Pac-10's individual awards will be announced Thursday.
For Appel the All-Pac-10 Team selection is the third in a row, and goes with her selection to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2007. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year and State Farm Coaches' All-American is averaging 14.3 points per game on 53.7-percent shooting, and stands second in the conference with 9.9 rebounds per game and 1.89 blocked shots per game.
Appel leads the Cardinal with 13 double-doubles, and in this, her senior year, has cemented her standing as one of the greatest players in Stanford history. The Pleasant Hill, Calif. native has become the Pac-10's and Stanford's all-time leading rebounder, breaking records previously held by superstars Lisa Leslie and Nicole Powell, respectively. Appel became just the sixth player in Stanford history to reach 2,000 career points in February, and in that same act also became on the third player in program history to accumulate 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, joining Powell and Val Whiting.
Ogwumike, who was selected as the Pac-10 media's player of the year Tuesday, is enjoying a breakout season, leading the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (63.8), and ranks third in rebounding (9.4 rpg). The 2009 Pac-10 All-Freshman pick is shooting 63.8 from the field, leading the conference and standing fourth in the nation. The three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week has been one of the main catalysts contributing to the second-ranked Cardinal run the table during the conference regular season, going a perfect 18-0, and earn the top seed in the upcoming State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament.
Evolving into a dangerous wing player and one of the biggest mismatches for opposing defenses this year, Pedersen's career year has earned her a third straight All-Pac-10 Team honor. She was named to the conference's third team each of the past two years before this season's selection. Taking on a role at the wing this year, Pedersen, Stanford's most versatile option, is boasting career highs in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg), three-pointers made (47) and three-point field goal percentage (40.2), and has posted 10 double-doubles on the year.
Gold-Onwude has established herself this year as one of the Pac-10's top defenders, helping the Cardinal keep many of the Pac-10's most talented and high-scoring guards in check and contributing to Stanford's Pac-10-leading figures in scoring defense (54.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (33.9) and three-point field goal percentage (26.1).
Rounding out the Cardinal's conference team honorees is Joslyn Tinkle, the freshman forward from Missoula, Mont. who was named All-Rookie honorable mention. Despite missing four games in November due to a foot injury, Tinkle worked her way back into form by the time the Pac-10 season started, where she shot 48.8 percent and averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds over 16.1 minutes per game. The 6-4 freshman posted her first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Washington State on Feb. 14, and on March 6 made her first start, hitting a pair of triples and scoring eight points to go with nine rebounds in Stanford's 63-48 victory at California.
Stanford, which closed the conference regular season with a perfect 18-0 record for the fifth time in program history, will open defense of its Pac-10 Tournament crown Friday afternoon at 1:15 p.m., playing the winner of Thursday's Arizona-Washington State play-in game.