Pac-12 Selects Davis As Conference's Top Freshman
March 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - From the start, Jazmine Davis and Regina Rogers have been impact players under new coach Kevin McGuff. So when the Pac-12 Conference awards came out Tuesday, it was no surprise those two were well represented.
Davis was selected as the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year, the first Husky to win the honor since Karen Deden in 1988. The 5-7 guard from San Jose came to Washington under the recruiting radar, but quickly showed her scoring prowess once games were underway. Davis averaged 16.2 points per game this season, which led all conference freshmen and was fourth overall in Division I women's basketball. During conference play, Davis averaged 18.7 ppg, a number just shy of Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who was selected as the league's overall Player of the Year.
That gave the Huskies a coveted sweep of the Freshman of the Year award when you combine in Tony Wroten's selection from the UW men's basketball team. Washington is the first Pac-12 school to sweep both the men's and women's award since Stanford did so in 2000 with Jamie Carey and Casey Jacobson.
In other selections, Chiney Ogwumike was named the Pac-12's top defensive player while her coach Tara Vanderveer was named the league' Coach of the Year on the strength of a third straight undefeated conference season.
Davis joined Rogers as prestigious All Pac-12 selections. It was the first time since the 2004 season that two Huskies have been selected by the league's coaches to the 15-person list.
Rogers had her most dominant year as a senior, leading the Huskies in scoring with 16.3 points per game. She did so in remarkably efficient fashion, making 60 percent of her shots, which led the Pac-12 and was third nationally. The 6-3 Seattle native punctuated her season with a 22-point, 11-rebound effort against UCLA, the school she originally signed with out of Chief Sealth High School.
For Rogers, this was her first conference award. She transferred to Washington after the 2007 season, but struggled to gain traction in the lineup until McGuff was brought on from Xavier. She recorded a double-double in the season opener against UC Davis, one of 10 she would tally this year.
Davis becomes just the 14th freshman in conference history to make the All Pac-12 list. She amplified her role as a scorer during conference play, eclipsing the 20-point mark eight times, which tied for fourth-most among her Pac-12 peers. Charmaine Barlow was named an honorable mention to the All-Pac-12 defensive team.
This is the second such award for the senior, who carved out a reputation as one of the best on-ball defenders in the league.
The Huskies kick off the Pac-12 Tournament with I-5 rival Oregon on Wednesday. The game is set for a 12 p.m. tip at the Galen Center. Fans are encouraged to watch the live stream at www.youtube.com/pac12conf.
ALL-PAC-12 (15 members)
**two-time All-Pac-12 honoree; ***three-time All-Pac-12 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Kali Bennet (ASU, R-Sr., C/F); Brittany Boyd (CAL, Fr., G); Gennifer Brandon (CAL, R-So., F); Kimberly Brandon (ASU, Sr., G/F); Cassie Harberts (USC, So., F); Jasmin Holliday (ORE, Sr., G/F); Ali Gibson (OSU, Fr., G); Thea Lemberger (UCLA, So., G); Deja Mann (ASU, Jr., G); Jazmine Perkins (WSU, Sr., G); Michelle Plouffe (UTAH, So., F).
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Taylor Greendfield (STAN, F); Lexy Kresl (COLO, G); Amber Orrange (STAN, G); Jen Reese (COLO, F); Aley Rohde (ARIZ, C).
** two-time All-Defensive team honoree *** three-time All-Defensive team honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Janita Badon (UTAH, Sr., G); Charmaine Barlow (WASH, Sr., F); Brittany Boyd (CAL, Fr., G); Kimberly Brandon (ASU, Sr., G/F); Toni Kokenis (STAN, So., G); Deja Mann (ASU, Jr., G); Christina Marinacci (USC, So., F); Carly Noyes (WSU, Jr., C); Nnemkadi Ogwumike (STAN, Sr., F); Eliza Pierre (CAL, Jr., G); Jazmine Perkins (WSU, Sr., G).