Three represent Pac-12 on AP women's basketball All-America team
SAN FRANCISCO - Three Pac-12 players earned spots on the Associated Press All-American women’s basketball teams which was announced on Monday. It is the second-most for the Conference all-time, also marking the second-straight year the Pac-12 has had at least three AP All-Americans.
Headlining the list of Pac-12 honorees is OREGON’s Jillian Alleyne (Fontana, Calif.), who earns a spot on the third team for the second-straight year. This season, Alleyne became the Pac-12’s all-time rebounding leader, grabbing 1,712 boards over her career. She also claimed the all-time record for career rebounding average at 14.3 rebounds per game, shattering the old record of 12.8 rpg, which had stood since 1994. Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury going into the final week of the regular season, she still ranks third in the country this season with 23 double-doubles, just one short of the nation’s lead, and ninth in total rebounds (368), also ranking second in the country in rebound per game (13.6), sixth in field goal percentage (58.5).
OREGON STATE’s Jamie Weisner (Clarkston, Wash.) and WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum (Poway, Calif.) were named to the second and third teams, respectively, the duo earning the national honor for the first time in their careers. Both have led their respective teams on historic runs in the NCAA Tournament. Plum helped the Huskies capture the NCAA Lexington Regional title, placing Washington in the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history. Weisner has led OSU to its first-ever trip to the NCAA Elite 8 and looks to lead the second-seeded Beavers to the NCAA Final Four for the first time tonight against top-seeded Baylor.
Three other players earned honorable mention nods, including UCLA’s Jordin Canada (Los Angeles, Calif.) who helped the Bruins reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. OSU’s Ruth Hamblin (Houston, British Columbia) and OSU’s Sydney Wiese (Phoenix, Ariz.) were also honorable mention. The Pac-12 had four teams reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time ever.
Last season, the Pac-12 had four AP All-Americans, with Alleyne and Hamblin earning a spot on the third team. CALIFORNIA’s Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray were second- and third-team honorees. This season marks the seventh time the Pac-12 has had multiple All-Americans.