Four from Pac-12 named WBCA All-Region
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four players from the Pac-12 were named WBCA Region 8 All-America candidates, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today. California had two players on the list in Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon. Joining them on the list are Colorado's Chucky Jeffery and Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike. The four were among the 52 candidates announced from eight regions.
The 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 6, during the NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans.
Brandon and Clarendon have led the Golden Bears to a memorable season that has seen the team earn its highest-ever seeding in the NCAA Tournament. Cal, which has won a program-record 28 games this year, is the No. 2 seed in the Spokane Regional. In addition, Cal earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title, the first for the program, after winning a team-record 17 league games. Brandon averages 11.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 16th in the country. Clarendon is the team's leading scorer, averaging 15.6 ppg, which ranks seventh in the league. Both were named to the All-Pac-12 team.
A versatile threat, Jeffery has done a little bit of everything for the Buffaloes, who make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004 this weekend. She is the team's leading scorer (13.9) and rebounder (8.3 rpg), while dishing out a team-high 114 assists and swiping a team-best 65 steals. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week twice this season.
Ogwumike is the Pac-12 leading scorer (22.4 ppg) and rebounder (13.1 rpg), ranking sixth and fourth in the country in both categories, respectively. She also leads the nation with 26 double-doubles this season. She was tabbed the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the first time in her career by the league's coaches and the media who cover the Pac-12, while also earning the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor for the second-straight year. Ogwumike has led Stanford to a top-five national ranking and a No. 1 seed in the Spokane Regional. The Cardinal earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title, then went on to capture the tournament crown for the seventh-straight year.
All three teams, as well as UCLA, are preparing for the NCAA Tournament which begins on Saturday. The NCAA Final Four will be held at New Orleans Arena, April 7 and 9. For more information on the WBCA All-America team, visit wbca.org. For information on the NCAA Tournament, including tip times, visit pac-12.com or ncaa.com.