UPDATE: Here’s a link to the coaches’ award winners announced Thursday. Read more here.
I’ll update this entry with the coaches’ votes, which should be released Wednesday and Thursday. But I wanted to share the media votes, which were publicized on Tuesday. Washington senior wing Sami Whitcomb is the team’s sole representative, being named to the All-Pac-10 Media Team.
“Really, it could have gone to anyone on our team,” said Whitcomb who was named the conference’s Player of the Week once. Pictured right, she led the Huskies during the regular season in points (13.0), rebounds (6.0), and assists (2.7), starting all 28 games.
“So many people were stepping up in a lot of different ways,” Whitcomb continued. “Regina (Rogers) as of late has done a really good job of that and Mackenzie (Argens) early on was doing tremendous things for us. Kristi (Kingma) all year has been really solid, so it could have gone to a number of players. I’m just honored that it was me.”
Here’s a list of all of the media award winners:
Player of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) leads the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (9.4 rpg). Helping No. 2 Stanford run the table during the regular-season league action (18-0) and earn the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament, she is shooting 63.8 percent from the field, the fourth-best shooting percentage in the nation.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ify Ibekwe (Carson, Calif.) is the only player in the Pac-10 to average a double-double, grabbing 11.3 rpg to lead the conference and also ranking 12th with 13.9 points. With Ibekwe’s presence on the court and in the paint, Arizona ranks third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, allowing opponents to shoot just 37.8 percent.
Freshman of the Year: Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) leads Arizona in scoring, netting 16.0 ppg while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor. She is the highest-scoring freshman in the league, turning in a school-record 39-point performance on Jan. 16 in the 119-112 win over Oregon.
Coach of the Year: Nikki Caldwell is in her second season at the UCLA helm, leading the Bruins to their best-ever seeding in the nine years of the Pac-10 tournament. The No. 23 Bruins are 22-7 heading into the tournament, including a 15-3 mark in Pac-10 play, tying a school record for most league victories.
2010 Pac-10 Media All-Pac-10 (Points):
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STANFORD (218); Jayne Appel, STANFORD (203); Alexis Gray-Lawson, CALIFORNIA (185); Kayla Pedersen, STANFORD (176); Ify Ibekwe, ARIZONA (153); Jasmine Dixon, UCLA (117); Ashley Corral, USC (106); Taylor Lilley, OREGON (106); Danielle Orsillo, ARIZONA STATE (85); Davellyn Whyte, ARIZONA (69); Jeanette Pohlen, STANFORD (58); Markel Walker, UCLA (56); Talisa Rhea, OREGON STATE (47); Sami Whitcomb, WASHINGTON (41); Briana Gilbreath, USC (32).
2010 Pac-10 Media All-Freshman Team (Points):
Davellyn Whyte, ARIZONA (62); Markel Walker, UCLA (53); KiKi Moore, WASHINGTON STATE (40); DeNesha Stallworth, CALIFORNIA (27); Gennifer Brandon, CALIFORNIA (7).
2010 Media All-Defensive Team (Points):
Ify Ibekwe, ARIZONA (50); KiKi Moore, WASHINGTON STATE (35); Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, STANFORD (33); Briana Gilbreath, USC (20); Carly Noyes, WASHINGTON STATE (12).