2017-18 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Media Awards Announced
SEATTLE - A panel of Pac-12 women’s basketball media members who cover the league agreed with the league’s coaches voting OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu the Pac-12 Player of the Year and her teammate, Satou Sabally the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. The media named UCLA’s Jordin Canada and OREGON STATE’s Marie Gülich co-Pac-12 Defensive Players of the Year. For its Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the media voted OREGON’s Kelly Graves.
Sabrina Ionescu (Walnut Creek, Calif.) has led the Ducks’ to its first Pac-12 regular-season crown since 2000 and the team’s first No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. Leading the Conference with a 19.2 points per game average, she leads the nation with five triple-doubles, this year breaking the NCAA’s career record in the category in just her sophomore campaign. Ionescu also leads the Conference with 7.8 assists per game, dishing out 10 10-assist games, twice tallying 14 assists for the league season high. Claiming 12 double-doubles on the season, she also has 14 20-point games. She is on every national player of the year watch list, and is a candidate for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the top collegiate point guard. Ionescu was named ESPNW National Player of the Week earlier this week and was the Pac-12’s Player of the Week five times.
Satou Sabally (Berlin, Germany.) is the second-straight Duck to win the annual rookie award after Ionescu nabbed the honor last season. Sabally averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while appearing in all 31 of the Ducks' regular season games with 22 starts. She leads the league’s freshman in scoring (10.9 points per game) and field goal percent (.467). The freshman scored seven three-pointers against UCLA, tying the second-most by any Pac-12 player in a game this year. She was awarded Pac-12 Freshman of the week fours times this season.
Jordin Canada (Los Angeles, Calif.) is the media’s defensive player of the year for the second-straight year after leading the ninth-ranked Bruins to a tie for third in the Pac-12. She leads the Conference in steals for the third-consecutive year, this year averaging 3.1 assists per game to also ranked 15th in the country. Canada has 322 career steals to ranked fourth all-time in Pac-12 history and recently broke the Conference’s career assists mark, a record which had stood for 27 years. The 19th player in league history to reach 2,000 points, she’s on the verge of becoming the first player in the Conference to dish 800 assists. Canada is a candidate for every national player of the year honor, including being named a semifinalist for the Citizen Naismith Award.
Marie Gulich (Cologne, Germany) is the media’s co-defensive player of the year, marking the third time a Beaver has won the award in its nine years of existence. Gulich is shooting 66.1 percent from the floor this season, while averaging 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. She is currently riding a four-game streak of 20-or-more-point performances. On the defensive end, Gulich leads the Pac-12 with 88 blocks this year. She was a member of the Naismith Trophy late season watch list. The senior was awarded Pac-12 Player of the Week the last two weeks of the regular season after leading the Beavs to a sweep of the LA schools, followed by a sweep of the Arizona schools, including a career-high 36 points at Arizona State.
Oregon’s Kelly Graves was selected the Pac-12 Coach of the Year by the media after leading the Ducks to its first regular-season title since 2000 and its first No. 1 seed in the Conference tournament. The Ducks reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005 last year and posted three upset wins to reach the program’s first-ever Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. Graves has led the Ducks to a 16-2 Conference record and 27-4 regular season record, both total wins are program records. Oregon currently ranks in the top-10 in eight categories in the NCAA statistics leading into the postseason, including a ninth best won-lost percentage (.871).
The media also selected a 15-member All-Pac-12 team, a five-member All-Defensive team and a five-member All-Freshman team.
It is the ninth year of the Pac-12 media awards and are in addition to the Conference awards voted on by the league coaches, which were announced on Tuesday. The panel included local and national media members.
2018 Pac-12 Media All-Pac-12:
Kristine Anigwe, California; Monique Billings, UCLA; Jordin Canada, UCLA; Marie Gulich, Oregon State; Ruthy Hebard, Oregon; Borislava Hristova, Washington State; Megan Huff, Utah; Kianna Ibis, Arizona State; Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon; Kennedy Leonard, Colorado; Aliyah Mazyck, USC; Brittany McPhee, Stanford; Amber Melgoza, Washington; Kristen Simon, USC; Alanna Smith, Stanford.
2018 Media All-Defensive Team:
Monique Billings, UCLA; Jordin Canada, UCLA; Marie Gulich, Oregon State; Aliyah Mazyck, USC; Minyon Moore, USC.
2018 Pac-12 Media All-Freshman Team:
Satou Sabally, Oregon; Kianna Smith, California; Sam Thomas, Arizona; Kiana Williams, Stanford; Tori Williams, Utah.
The 2018 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament gets underway this week, March 1-4, at KeyArena in Seattle. The winner claims the Conference’s NCAA automatic bid. To follow the tournament with the latest news, notes, photos and videos, and to buy tickets, visit www.pac-12.com/womenstourney.