Four Huskies Earn All-Pac-12 Honors
SAN FRANCISCO - After finishing third in the Pac-12 and earning their second straight NCAA Tournament bid, the Washington Huskies had four players named to the All-Pac-12 Team by the Pac-12 Conference today. Summer Yates and Ameera Hussen earned First Team, Kaylene Pang earned Second Team, and Olivia Van der Jagt earned Third Team.
Washington has not had as many as four All-Pac-12 honorees since 2004, when it also had four. The last time the Huskies have had more honorees was 2000, when they had a program-record eight. Washington has had four or more All-Pac-12 honorees six times in program history: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, and this year.
This is the first time since 2000 that Washington has had multiple All-Pac-12 First Team honorees. This is the fourth year in program history that has happened: it also occurred in 1995, 1996, and 2000.
For Yates and Pang, this is the second consecutive year they have earned All-Pac-12. Yates earned All-Pac-12 Second Team last year and Pang earned All-Pac-12 Third Team. They are Washington's first duo to earn multiple All-Pac-12 honors since 2016, when Kimberly Keever and Shannon Simon earned their second such awards. Yates is the first Husky to earn All-Pac-12 Second Team or better twice in their career since 2010, when Kate Deines did so.
Pang is the first Husky defender to earn multiple All-Pac-12 awards since Andrea Morelli, who earned First Team honors in 1999 and 2000. Pang has now played 5201 consecutive minutes, playing every possible minute of Washington's last 55 games, stretching back to 2017. This year, she was a major part of a defense that led the Pac-12 in fewest goals allowed.
Hussen's All-Pac-12 First Team award is the first All-Pac-12 honor of her career. She joins Yates as Washington's first All-Pac-12 First Team honorees since 2015, when McKenzie Karas earned that distinction. She has a career-high nine points this season, giving her 20 career points. Hussen has scored two gamewinners, including her second career golden goal, coming against Oregon.
Van der Jagt also earned her first All-Pac-12 honor, making it onto the All-Pac-12 Third Team. Usually an attacking midfielder, Van der Jagt switched roles and played as Washington's holding mid this year. She helped the Huskies allow just 11 goals in 15 matches, the second-fewest goals the Huskies have ever allowed in a season and the fewest in the Pac-12. Van der Jagt also had her first career multi-assist game, coming against Colorado.
Washington's NCAA Tournament run will begin on Tuesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm as the Huskies take on Liberty.
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