March 12, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Head coach Charli Turner Thorne has been named the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year as selected by the league's coaches, ASU's first such honor, while a trio of Sun Devils also earned all-conference honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
Junior center Melody Johnson and junior guard Amanda Levens were named to the All-Pac-10 Conference team, marking the first time in school history that ASU has had two players earn first-team accolades. Arizona was the only other school to have two first-team selections this year. In addition, freshman guard/forward Betsy Boardman was named to the five-player Freshman All-Pac-10 squad, marking the third consecutive season that the Sun Devils have had a player named to the all-rookie team.
Junior guard Felicia Ragland of Oregon has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while guard Nicole Powell of Stanford has been selected the Conference Freshman of the Year.
The complete Conference honors, as selected by the Conference's 10 head coaches, are listed below:
Name School Pos Yr Ht Hometown Reshea Bristol ARIZ G Sr. 5-10 Omaha, Neb. Megan Franza* WASH G Sr. 5-11 Leavenworth, Wash. Michelle Greco UCLA G Jr. 5-9 LaCrescenta, Calif. Courtney Johnson CAL G Sr. 5-8 Antioch, Calif. Melody Johnson ASU C Jr. 6-2 Colorado Springs, Colo. Amanda Levens ASU G Jr. 5-9 Belvidere, Ill. Elizabeth Pickney ARIZ F Jr. 6-4 Houston, Texas Nicole Powell STAN G Fr. 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz. Felicia Ragland* OSU G Jr. 5-9 Tulare, Calif. Angelina Wolvert* ORE F Sr. 6-3 Camas, Wash.
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes)
Kenya Corley (CAL, Sr., G), Sarah Dimson (STAN, Sr., F), Ebony Hoffman (USC, Fr., F/C), Brianne Meharry (ORE, Sr., F), Giuliana Mendiola (WASH, Fr., G), Katie Nyseth (WSU, Sr., G), Lindsey Yamasaki (STAN, Jr., G/F).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name School Pos Ht Hometown Betsy Boardman ASU G 6-1 Beaverton, Ore. Ebony Hoffman USC F/C 6-3 Harbor City, Calif. Veranda James ARIZ F 6-3 Pomona, Calif. Giuliana Mendiola WASH G 5-10 Lake Forest, Calif. Nicole Powell STAN G 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz.
HONORABLE MENTION (Received Votes)
Leilani Estavan (OSU, G), Aisha Hollans (USC, G), Andrea Lalum (WASH, F), Latasha O'Keith (CAL, G).
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
RAGLAND has been instrumental in leading OREGON STATE to its best record (16-12) since 1995-96. She is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and the third Oregon State player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Ragland is in a tight race for the Pac-10 scoring title, ranking first at 19.9 ppg. She is attempting to become the second Beaver to ever lead the Pac-10 in scoring, and first since Tanja Kostic in 1995. Ragland ranks fifth in the Conference in rebounding (7.5 rpg), third in steals (2.61 spg), first in 3-point FG% (.466) and third in 3-pointers made (2.21 avg.). She has drained 62 treys this season, shattering the Oregon State single-season record of 43. In Pac-10 play, Ragland posted five double-doubles and scored 20+ points on 12 occasions. She is one of just eight Beavers to score 1,000 career points (1,150) and grab 500 career rebounds (521). Ragland has scored 30+ points three times this season and has recorded seven double-doubles. She has notched double figures in scoring in 25 games this season.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
POWELL, a guard from Phoenix, Ariz., is the second consecutive and fourth Stanford player to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Jamie Carey (1999-2000), Val Whiting (1989-90) and Rachel Hemmer (1991-92) on that elite list. She has helped STANFORD (18-10) to a share of its 10th Pac-10 title and the team's 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Powell, who has started the last 19 games at point guard following the season-ending ACL injury to Susan King, recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history at Washington State Feb. 22 (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). She leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and is attempting to become the first freshman in Pac-10 history to lead the league in that category. Powell ranks among the Conference leaders in seven of 12 statistical categories: rebounding, defensive rebounding (6.07 rpg), assists (4.79 apg), assist/turnover ratio (1.23), offensive rebounding (2.43 rpg), FT% (.727) and scoring (13.9 ppg).
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
TURNER THORNE, in her fifth year at ARIZONA STATE, guided the Sun Devils to a share of their first ever Pac-10 title and their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1991-92. After a seventh-place Pac-10 finish last season, Turner Thorne turned her program into one of the Conference's top teams (12-6), maintaining sole possession of first place for the majority of the season and posting a 20-10 overall record, the team's first 20-win season in nine years. Turner Thorne's squad, which features four starters that are newcomers, cracked the AP Top 25 on Feb. 5 for the first time since 1991-92, and was ranked for four straight weeks, marking the program's first consecutive rankings since 1982-83. She guided her team to a school-record seven straight Pac-10 wins (Jan. 11 to Feb. 8), ASU's longest overall winning streak since 1991-92. She has molded Arizona State into one of the league's top defensive teams, as the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (60.8 ppg) and rebounding defense (33.6 ppg). Turner Thorne, a former guard for the Stanford Cardinal (1984-88), earns the first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor of her career. She gave birth to her second child, a son, on Mar. 11, 2001.
ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYER NOTES
BRISTOL, a senior guard from Omaha, Neb., is a first-time member of the All-Pac-10 team after earning honorable mention honors last season. She helped guide ARIZONA (19-11) to its sixth straight postseason appearance this season, and is one of only two Pac-10 players to post points-assists double-doubles, with eight on the year. Bristol leads the Pac-10 and ranks seventh nationally in assists (7.60 apg). She ranks second in the Conference in steals (2.93 spg), fifth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and fifth in assists/turnover ratio (1.33). She paces the Wildcats in assists and steals and is second in scoring. With 252 career thefts, Bristol ranks No. 2 on Arizona's all-time steals chart. On Jan. 18, she became the ninth Wildcat to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, and currently has 1,228 career points.
FRANZA, a senior guard from Leavenworth, Wash., is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree. She led WASHINGTON (19-9) to a share of its first Pac-10 title since 1990 and first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998. Franza has helped the Huskies manufacture the biggest turnaround in Pac-10 history this season, improving from ninth place (8-22, 4-14 Pac-10) in 1999-2000 to Co-Champions in 2000-01. With 1,556 career points, she ranks seventh on the UW career scoring chart and is No. 20 on the all-time Pac-10 list. The Washington career leader in three-point field goals, Franza ranks No. 3 on the Pac-10 all-time list with 204 treys. Franza ranks fourth in the Conference in scoring (16.4 ppg) and second in three-point field goals made (2.32 avg.). She has scored 20+ points in nine games and put up double figures in 23 games this year. A high scorer in the classroom as well, Franza was named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII first team this season.
GRECO, a junior guard from LaCrescenta, Calif., is a first-time member of the All-Pac-10 team, after earning honorable mention honors last season. She was atop the Pac-10 scoring charts during the majority of the 2000-01 campaign, and finished the regular season in second place (19.88 ppg), just a fraction of a point behind the leader (19.89 ppg). Her 2000-01 FT% mark (.865) is the fourth-best single-season performance in Pac-10 history. The UCLA standout scored 20+ points 16 times this season, and tied for the second-best scoring mark in the Conference this year, with a career-high 34 points against Long Beach State (Dec. 10). She is the 19th Bruin to score 1,000 career points (1,040 pts.). Her 50 three-point field goals broke the UCLA single-season record (49).
COURTNEY JOHNSON, a senior guard from Antioch, Calif., is a first-time All-Pac-10 selection, after earning honorable mention honors last season. She helped guide CALIFORNIA to tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 (8-10), and the team's most Conference victories since 1992-93. Johnson leads the Pac-10 in steals (3.18 spg) and ranks among the league's statistical leaders in scoring (7th, 15.2 ppg), assists (8th, 3.54 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (0.97). Johnson concluded her California career with 1,077 points and her 286 career steals ranks second on the all-time Pac-10 chart. She tied for the second-best scoring mark in the Conference this year with a career-high 34 points against Stanford (Feb. 16).
MELODY JOHNSON, a junior center from Colorado Springs, Colo., is a first-time member of the All-Pac-10 team. Her efforts have helped ARIZONA STATE (20-10) to its first ever share of the Pac-10 title and first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992. A transfer from Colorado, Johnson ranks among the Pac-10's statistical leaders in several categories this season: eighth in scoring (14.5 ppg), sixth in rebounding (7.1 rpg), fourth in FG% (.567), fourth in offensive rebounding (2.93 rpg) and sixth in defensive rebounding (6.17 rpg). Johnson has four double-doubles on the season. She was named to two all-tournament teams this season, the Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic and ASU Holiday Classic.
LEVENS, a junior guard from Belvidere, Ill., is a first-time member of the All-Pac-10 team, helping lead ARIZONA STATE (20-10) to its first ever share of the Pac-10 title and and first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992. A transfer from Old Dominion, Levens ranks sixth in Pac-10 scoring (15.3 ppg), third in FT% (.800), third in 3-point % (.421) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (1.97 avg.). With 59 3-pointers on the year, Levens owns the new ASU single-season record. Her best performance from beyond the arc this season was a 5-for-8 mark at Oregon State on Mar. 3. Levens earned all-tournament honors twice this season, at the Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic and ASU Holiday Classic.
PICKNEY, a junior forward from Houston, Texas, is a first-time member of the All-Pac-10 team, and has helped lead ARIZONA (19-11) to its sixth straight postseason appearance this season. The only Wildcat to start all 30 games this season, Pickney ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.5 ppg), fourth in blocked shots (1.43 bpg), eighth in rebounding (6.5 rpg), offensive rebounding (2.60 rpg) and defensive rebounding (3.90 rpg), and 10th in FT% (.725). On the Pac-10 career blocked shots list, Pickney ranks ninth (109). She has notched three double-doubles on the season. Pickney is just the fourth Arizona player to score 1,000 points and pull down 500 rebounds in her career.
WOLVERT, a senior forward from Camas, Wash., is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. She was instrumental in propelling OREGON (17-11) to a season-ending four-game winning streak, helping the team to its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Wolvert ranks third in the Pac-10 in FT% (.800), fifth in FG% (.591), ninth in scoring (14.0 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (.5.6 rpg). She ranks ninth on the Oregon career scoring list with 1,278 points. Wolvert has recorded four double-doubles this season and tied one other player for the Pac-10's top rebounding performance of the year with 17 boards against Washington (Feb. 17) .
ALL-FRESHMAN PLAYER NOTES
BOARDMAN, a guard from Beaverton, Ore., has started all 30 games for Pac-10 Co-Champion ARIZONA STATE (20-10), helping the team to its first NCAA Tournament bid and first 20-win season since 1991-92. She is the team's third leading scorer (11.7 ppg), and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in steals (2.17 spg) and 10th in three-point FG% (.362). She has given ASU another threat from beyond the arc this year, draining 34 treys, the second-best mark on the team. In Pac-10 games, Boardman averaged 12.6 ppg and 2.28 spg.
HOFFMAN, a forward/center from Harbor City, Calif., is the first USC player to earn All-Freshman honors since Erica Mashia in 1995-96. She started 24 games for the Women of Troy this season, leading the squad in scoring (12.5 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and FT% (.758). Hoffman ranks third in the Pac-10 in rebounding, sixth in FT%, eighth in blocked shots (0.93 bpg), second in offensive rebounding (3.14 bpg) and third in defensive rebounding (4.82 bpg). Hoffman notched four double-doubles on the season, and scored a season-high 21 points at Stanford (Mar. 1). She tied one other player for the Pac-10's top rebounding performance this season with 17 boards at Oregon (Jan. 25).
JAMES, a forward from Pomona, Calif., has started 12 of the 19 games she has played in for ARIZONA (19-11) this season. Back after sustaining her second concussion on Jan. 24, she is the team's leading rebounder (8.0 rpg) and third-leading scorer (12.5 ppg). James, who has not played in enough games (66.7 %) to be ranked among the Pac-10 statistical leaders, scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds against Rice (Nov. 28).
MENDIOLA, a guard from Lake Forest, Calif., has started 25 games for
WASHINGTON (19-7), helping the team to a share of its first Pac-10 title
since 1990 and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998. She paces the
Pac-10's top rebounding team on the boards this season (6.3 rpg) and
ranks among the Conference's statistical leaders in five different
categories: fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.53), sixth in assists
(4.00 apg), sixth in 3-point FG% (.373), ninth in rebounding and ninth in
defensive rebounding (3.89 rpg). Mendiola recorded five double-doubles
this season and was named MVP of the Husky Classic.