Three from Pac-12 tabbed ESPNW women’s basketball All-Americans
SAN FRANCISCO - Three Pac-12 women’s basketball players were named to ESPNW’s 10-member All-American team, marking the most for any conference. OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu was a unanimous first-team honoree, while CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe and STANFORD’s Alanna Smith were selected to the second team.
A junior guard, Ionescu (Walnut Creek, Calif.) led the Ducks to a second-straight Pac-12 regular-season crown en route to being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year. She had recorded a NCAA-record seven triple-doubles, tallying 17 for her career, also an all-time record. Averaging 19.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game, she directs the third-highest scoring offense in the country (86.1 ppg).
Senior forward Anigwe (Phoenix, Ariz.) has been dominant all season, recording a double-double in every game this season, leading the country with 31. She posted the first 30 point-30 rebound game since 2002, breaking the Cal single-game record and tying the Pac-12 record. Anigwe broke the career points and rebounds records, and entered the top five in the Pac-12 records becoming one of just two players in league history to rank in the top five in both categories. Anigwe was also tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Also a senior forward, Smith (Melbourne, Australia) is averaging 19.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, leading the Cardinal to win the Pac-12 Tournament last week. She also leads the Pac-12 with 2.4 blocks per game. She was named USBWA and ESPNW Player of the Week earlier this season and, along with Ionescu and Angiwe, is a Naismith Trophy semifinalist.