March 4, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
A panel of Pac-12 women's basketball media members who cover the league voted Stanford junior forward Chiney Ogwumike Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, the panel selected Oregon's forward, Jillian Alleyne, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and California's head coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the Conference office announced today.
Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) was a unanimous pick for the Player of Year honor by the media, earning the honor for the first time in her career. A Cardinal has won the honor each year of the four-year history of the media-voted awards, and Ogwumike is the third Stanford player to claim the honor. Her older sister, All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike, won it twice, including last year and in 2010. Chiney was the media's pick for Freshman of the Year in 2010. This season, she has led the Cardinal to a share of the Pac-12 regular-season crown. It is the program's 22nd overall and 13th-straight league title. Stanford is the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament by virtue of the Conference's tie-breaker rules. She is averaging league-highs of 22.9 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, while shooting a Conference-best .591 from the floor.
With Ogwumike leading the way, Stanford boasts one of the best defenses in the country with opponents barely shooting 32 percent on year, which ranks second in the country and first in the Pac-12. Opponents are also being limited to just 51.9 points per game, which ranks in the top-20 in the NCAA and first in the Conference.
A forward from Fontana, Calif., Oregon's Jillian Alleyne is the first Duck to earn the freshman of the year honor. She has ranked in the top 10 in the country all season in rebounding. She leads the Ducks with 13.0 ppg and 11.8 rpg, ranking second in the Pac-12 in rebounding and 13th in scoring. She has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times this year.
In her second season in Berkeley, Lindsay Gottlieb has led the Golden Bears to the program's first-ever Conference regular-season crown, claiming a share of the title with Stanford. Cal won a school-record 17 league games to claim a share of the title. Its 27 overall wins tied the program record that was first set in 2007-08, the same year Gottlieb was an associate head coach with the Bears. Cal is ranked fifth this week by the Associated Press and has been in the top-10 in the rankings for 14 weeks this season.
The media also selected a 15-member All-Pac-12 team, a five-member All-Defensive team and a five-member All-Freshman team.
It is the fourth year of the Pac-12 media awards and are in addition to the Conference awards voted on by the league coaches, which will be announced on Wednesday. The panel included local and national media members.
Three Bruins were named to the 2013 Pac-12 Media All-Pac-12 team, which was tied for first with California for the most in the conference. Senior guard/forward Markel Walker, senior forward Alyssia Brewer and redshirt junior forward Atonye Nyingifa were each named to the 15-member all-conference squad. Additionally, Walker was also named to the 2013 Media All-Defensive Team.
2013 Pac-12 Media All-Pac-12:
Brittany Boyd, CAL; Gennifer Brandon, CAL; Markel Walker, UCLA; Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ.
2013 Media All-Defensive Team (six members because of a tie for the fifth spot):
Brittany Boyd, CAL; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Eliza Pierre, CAL; Joslyn Tinkle, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA.
2013 Pac-12 Media All-Freshman Team:
Jillian Alleyne, ORE; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Arielle Roberson, COLO; Talia Walton, WASH; Jamie Weisner, OSU.