Arizona's Polk, Wheeler named to All-Pac-10 team

Updated: March 5, 2004, 12:29 PM ET news services

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote of the 10 conference coaches, Stanford senior forward Nicole Powell has been named the 2003-04 Pacific-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year.

UCLA's Noelle Quinn was selected as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while Cal's Caren Horstmeyer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.

Seven of the league's teams put a player on the 10-member All-Pac-10 first team. Arizona, Washington and UCLA each were represented by two players.

Powell led Stanford to its fourth straight Pac-10 championship and helped the Cardinal finish 14-4 in the conference, 21-6 overall. Powell ended the regular season ranked first in the league in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and free-throw percentage (86.5 percent), second in scoring (20.1 ppg), third in 3-point field-goal percentage (1.83 avg), sixth in assists (3.54 apg), eighth in steals (1.92 spg) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.7 percent).

Powell was one of only two players in the conference to finish the season averaging a double-double. Powell was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001-02, the fifth player ever to receive the honor multiple times. She has been named to the All-Conference Team all four of the years she played for the Cardinal, only the fourth player ever to do so in the history of the Pac-10 and the first since UCLA's Maylana Martin in 1997-2000. Powell was named Pac-10 Player of the Week seven times in her career, becoming one of just eight players ever to receive the honor at least seven times.

Quinn becomes the fourth player in UCLA history to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the first since Martin received the honor in 1996-97. Quinn finished the regular season ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in steals (2.25 spg), fifth in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) and ninth in assists (3.00 apg). She was the only Pac-10 player to record a triple-double this season, a feat that came in a 97-69 win over California on Feb. 19, when she notched 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first triple-double for a Bruin since 1996.

Horstmeyer, in her fourth year as Cal's head coach, led the team to a 11-16 overall record. The year opened strong as Californa (11-16 overall, 4-14 Pac-10) jumped to an 8-2 start, its best start since 1992-93. In that stretch, Cal won the Oakland Tribune Classic for the first time since 1998 and finished its nonconference slate with a 6-0 home record, the Bears' first unbeaten nonconference home slate since 1998-99.

However, tragedy struck the Golden Bear basketball family on Jan. 19, as junior forward Alisa Lewis died suddenly from bacterial meningitis.

Cal enters the Pac-10 tournament having won two of its last three games and has surpassed its win total from last season (10-19 overall). The Bears are averaging 44.7 rebounds over their last three games, well above their season average of 33.7 boads per game.

A complete look at the Pac-10 honors:

ALL-PAC-10 Team
Nihan Anaz, CAL, G, Sr, 5-9, Istanbul, Turkey
Nikki Blue*, UCLA, G, So, 5-8, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ebony Hoffman**, USC, F/C, Sr, 6-2, Harbor City, Calif.
Andrea Lalum, WASH, C, Sr, 6-4, Bozeman, Mont.
Kylan Loney, ASU, G, Jr, 5-7, Ames, Iowa
Giuliana Mendiola**, WASH, G, Sr, 5-11, Lake Forest, Calif.
Shawntinice Polk*, ARIZ, C, So, 6-5, Hanford, Calif.
Nicole Powell***, STAN, G, Sr, 6-2, Phoenix, Ariz.
Noelle Quinn, UCLA, G, Fr, 6-0, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dee-Dee Wheeler*, ARIZ, G, Jr., 5-6, Chicago, Ill.

*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree;
** three-time All-Pac-10 honoree;
***four-time All-Pac-10 honoree

HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Andrea Bills (ORE, Jr., C), Susan Borchardt (STAN, Jr., G), Brina Chaney (OSU, Sr., C), Leilani Estavan (OSU, Sr., G), Shannon Howell (OSU, Jr., G), Kristen Kovesdy (ASU, So., F), Bianca McCall (WSU, Sr., F), Kelley Suminski (STAN, Jr., G), Lisa Willis (UCLA, So., G/F).

PAC-10 ALL-Freshman Team Eleanor Haring, ORE; Cameo Hicks, WASH; Kristen Newlin, STAN; Noelle Quinn UCLA; Emily Westerberg, ASU