March 10, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington senior Sami Whitcomb was among the 15 players named to the first All-Pac-10 team, which was announced by Commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday. Her selection, which is voted on by the 10 league coaches, was the first such honor of Whitcomb's career.
The senior from Ventura, Calif., had a season full of superlatives, leading the team in scoring (13.0), rebounding (6.0), and assists (2.7) per game. There were several occasions this season where Whitcomb put the offense on her shoulders, most notably an early season game against BYU, where she scored the final 12 points of the game, including the winning 3-pointer with four seconds remaining. In a rivalry game against Washington State in Pullman on Jan. 29, Whitcomb responded with a career-best 32 points. Overall, Whitcomb has totaled 20-plus points in seven games this year and tallied five double-doubles.
"It's an honor because the Pac-10 has a lot of really talented players," Whitcomb said. "And we have some really talented players on our team that have contributed a lot as well. To be selected from our team is cool."
Whitcomb was speaking from Los Angeles, where the Huskies (12-16, 7-11) were in preparation for the Pac-10 Tournament, which starts on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. against No. 10 seed Oregon State.
Sophomore Kristi Kingma was an honorable mention for the Pac-10's All-Defensive team for the Huskies. Kingma leads the team in steals with 47, taking over the pole position in that category from Whitcomb, who is the Pac-10's active leader in thefts. In addition, Kingma has provided superb on-the-ball defense.
"Obviously the ultimate goal down here is to win the Pac-10 Tournament," Kingma said. "The more I can do to help us get us there, especially defensive-wise, the better."
Whitcomb was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 28 for her effort at Western Michigan, where she scored eight points in a flurry of second-half activity to turn a Huskies deficit into a lead. It was the second such award for the guard/forward.
Last year, Whitcomb was selected honorable mention All-Pac-10. She's the first Husky to receive Pac-10 Conference honors since the league coaches selected guard Emily Florence in 2008.