Griffin, Ogwumike earn league honors
The top teams in the Big 12 and Pac-10 dominated their league awards.
Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin, who led the Huskers to the first unbeaten regular season by a Big 12 men's or women's team since the inception of the league in 1996-97, was named Big 12 player of the year. Griffin, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 20.4 points and a league-best 10.4 rebounds heading into the postseason.
Griffin also is a three-time All-Big 12 first-team selection. Senior teammates Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner joined Griffin on the first team, both winning the honor for the first time of their careers.
Additionally, Nebraska's Connie Yori was named Big 12 coach of the year. In her eighth season in Lincoln, Neb., Yori guided the Huskers to a16-0 mark in conference play and 29-0 regular season. Last season, Nebraska was 15-16 and played in the WNIT, reaching the second round before being eliminated. Yori also was the Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year in 2002 while at Creighton.
In the Pac-10, Stanford went unbeaten in league play. Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named Pac-10 player of the year, marking the third straight season (and 14th overall) the league's top honor went to a Cardinal. Ogwumike led the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (63.8), and ranked third in rebounding (9.4 per game) through the regular season. On Jan. 23, she set a Stanford single-game record with 23 rebounds.
Cardinal teammate Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was named Pac-10 defender of the year. Stanford ranks first in the league in scoring defense (54.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (33.9) and 3-point field goal percentage (26.1).
Arizona's Davellyn Whyte was honored as the Pac-10 freshman of the year while UCLA's Nikki Caldwell was named Pac-10 coach of the year.