Seven from Pac-12 named WBCA All-Region 5
SAN FRANCISCO - The WBCA released its All-Region 5 team, and seven of the eight players named hail from Pac-12 programs. Among those named include CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe, who is the only underclassman to make the list, as well as six Conference upperclassmen. The 52 players selected to the five all-region teams are candidates for the 10-member WBCA All-America team announced at the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 2.
The selection committee uses an equation to determine a fair number of nominees from each region. The number of Division I institutions in each region is divided by the number of Division I institutions overall to determine a percentage for each region. This percentage is then multiplied by 52 (the total number of desired finalists) to get the number of finalists for each region.
Anigwe was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and the media that covers Pac-12 women’s basketball. Second in the Conference in scoring, she was the nation’s second-highest scoring freshman. She also won a league-record eight Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors.
OREGON STATE is the only team to have more than one player on the Region 5 squad. Seniors Ruth Hamblin and Jamie Weisner helped OSU clinch a share of the Pac-12 regular-season crown as well as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers are headed to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 1983 and also won the Pac-12 Tournament title for the first time in school history. OSU will play sixth-seeded DePaul in Lexington on Saturday.
ARIZONA STATE also captured a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title and was awarded a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament with junior Sophie Brunner leading the way. WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum has led the Huskies to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. Plum has been in the top three in the nation in scoring all season, leading the nation in the category for much of the season.
OREGON senior Jillian Alleyne had her season cut short one week before the postseason, but not before claiming the Conference’s all-time rebounding and rebounds per game record. She led the Ducks to a vastly improved season this year. UO hosts UTAH on Wednesday night in the third round of the WNIT. Also named to the All-Region team is USC’s Temi Fagbenle, who was named to the All-Pac-12 team along with the six others from the Conference named All-America nominees.
Additionally, UCLA’s Cori Close and Arizona State’s Charli Turner Thorne were named Region 5 Coaches of the Year.
The Pac-12 is in the midst of its best season, advancing four teams to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in the history of the Conference. League teams have posted nine NCAA Tournament wins in the first weekend, already tying the record for a tournament, and is 13-1 in the postseason.
For more information on the WBCA All-Region teams, visit www.wbca.org.
WBCA Region 5
|Sophie Brunner||Arizona State||Junior||Forward||6’1”|
|Brittany Crain||UC Riverside||Senior||Guard||5’8”|
|Ruth Hamblin||Oregon State||Senior||Center||6’6”|
|Jamie Weisner||Oregon State||Senior||Guard||5’10”|
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