Pac-12 caps historic season with two Final Four teams
The 2015-16 Pac-12 women’s basketball historic season will be a memorable one, capped by two NCAA Women’s Final Four teams, national recognition across the Conference and seven WNBA picks. Here is what Pac-12 teams accomplished this season:
• No. 1 RPI in the country by the Pac-12.
• 1 national freshman of the year, CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe earning the honor from the USBWA.
• 2 NCAA Final Four teams for the first time in Pac-12 history, OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON making their first-ever appearances.
• 2 WBCA All-Americans in UW’s Kelsey Plum and OSU’s Jamie Weisner.
• 3 NCAA Elite 8 teams for the first time.
• 3 Pac-12 players named AP All-Americans and another three earning honorable mention.
• 4 NCAA Sweet 16 teams for the first time in Pac-12 history.
• 4 Pac-12 teams ranked in the final Associated Press poll, the most ever.
• 5 NCAA Tournament bids with Pac-12 teams going undefeated in the first round.
• 5 Pac-12 teams ranked in the final USA Today/WBCA poll.
• 5 Pac-12 players on the NCAA Tournament All-Lexington Region team.
• 7 WNBA Draft picks, the most since 2002.
• 8 three-pointers made by WASHINGTON’s Talia Walton against Syracuse, setting a NCAA Final Four record.
• 9 NCAA Tournament wins after the first weekend, tying the Pac-12 record for most tournament wins in a season.
• 14 NCAA Tournament wins in 2016, a Pac-12 record.
• 20 postseason wins by Pac-12 teams, six coming in the WNIT.
• 29th-consecutive year and 30th overall STANFORD has earned a NCAA Tournament bid.
• 425 career blocks by OSU’s Ruth Hamblin, a Pac-12 record and ranked in the top 10 in NCAA history.
• 960 points scored by UW’s Kelsey Plum, the most in the country.
• 1,712 career rebounds by OREGON’s Jillian Alleyne, setting the Pac-12 record, ranking third in NCAA history.
Oregon State claimed its first-ever Pac-12 Tournament title, and shared the regular-season crown with Arizona State. The league’s coaches voted OSU’s Jamie Weisner the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Ruth Hamblin the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year. CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and ARIZONA STATE’s Charli Turner Thorne was voted the John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
PAC-12 IN THE WNBA DRAFT
Seven players were selected in the 2016 WNBA Draft. Of the 36 players picked, seven were from the Pac-12.
|17th (2nd round) - Jamie Weisner, Oregon State||Connecticut Sun|
|18th (2nd round) - Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State||Dallas Wings|
|19th (2nd round) - Lia Galdeira, Washington State||Washington Mystics|
|20th (2nd round) - Jillian Alleyne, Oregon||Phoenix Mercury|
|29th (3rd round) - Talia Walton, Washington||LA Sparks|
|32nd (3rd round) - Nirra Fields, UCLA||Phoenix Mercury|
|35th (3rd round) - Temi Fagbenle, USC||Minnesota Lynx|
• The seven selections were the most for the Pac-12 since eight were selected in 2002.
• Galdeira, who would have been a senior at Washington State in 2015-16 but decided to play overseas after her junior campaign, became the first-ever Cougar to be drafted.
• Weisner and Hamblin were the first two Beavers selected since Felicia Ragland was taken with the 28th pick (second round) of the 2002 draft.
• Walton became the highest drafted player in UW history and second player all-time. She was one of just 12 players invited to participate in the Draft.
• Fields was the first Bruin to be selected since 2008 and ninth all-time.
• Fagbenle was the fourth Trojan in five years to be selected in the WNBA draft.