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Curry Earns Media Freshman of the Year Honors

Mar 2, 2022
Jayda Curry becomes the third player in program history to earn Freshman of the Year honors.

SAN FRANCISCO – Freshman guard Jayda Curry has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in the media awards as announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning. Curry, the Pac-12's leading scorer, was also named to the All-Conference Team and All-Freshman Team.

The Pac-12 media awards are in their 12th year after being on hiatus in 2021 and are an addition to the conference awards voted on by the league's coaches, which were announced yesterday. The panel includes both local and national media members.

This makes it five all-conference honors for the native of Corona, Calif. Yesterday, Curry was named to the All-Pac-12 honorable mention team and All-Freshmen Team in the coaches' awards.

Curry, the conference's leading scorer, finished the season averaging 18.7 points per game. She is one of three players from the Pac-12 in the top-100 in the nation in scoring at 37 and is the nation's second-leading scorer among all freshmen. In conference play, she finished third overall in scoring at 17.3 which is third in the Pac-12.

She finished in double figures in 21 of the 22 games she played this season and finished with eight 20-point games, including a career-best 30-point performance at Stanford. She is just one of nine players since 2009-10 to score 30 or more against the Cardinal and one of just two freshmen to accomplish that feat during the same time.

Curry is also 14th in the Pac-12 in assist per game at 2.3. She has 19 assists over her last six games and has 17 games with two or more assists. For the year, she's averaging 18.7 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game.

Curry joins Alexis Gray-Lawson (2006) and Kristine Anigwe (2016) as the only players in program history to earn Freshman of the Year honors. Curry becomes the first player since Anigwe to earn All-Conference and All-Freshman honors in the same season.

For the full list of the Pac-12 Media All-Conference honorees click here.

The Bears return to action tonight when they take on the sixth-seeded Utah Utes at 8:30 p.m. at Michelob ULTRA Arena in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The game between Utah and the Bears will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.