Gray Named Pac-12 Player of the Year

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Posted Mar 3, 2015
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BERKELEY – Reshanda Gray became the second Golden Bear to win Pac-12 Player of the Year honors when the conference coaches selected the California senior for the league’s top honor, the Pac-12 announced Tuesday.
Gray joins Devanei Hampton as the two California women’s basketball players to have earned Pac-12 Player of the Year Honors. Hampton, who currently serves as a student assistant coach for California, earned the league’s top honor in the 2006-07 season. Alexis Gray-Lawson was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2005-06 as the only other Golden Bear to be selected for an individual honor in program history.

Also being honored Tuesday were Brittany Boyd (All-Pac-12, All-Defensive), Mikayla Cowling (All-Freshman), Gabby Green (All-Freshman) and Mercedes Jefflo (All-Defensive Honorable Mention). Gray earned her second All-Pac-12 selection while the honors are the first for Jefflo, Cowling and Green. The dual All-Freshman Team selections for Cowling and Green marks the first time one team has had two players selected to the list since California’s Boyd and Gray were both on it in 2011-12. The last team other than California with two All-Freshman Team members was Stanford in 2006-07 with Jayne Appel and J.J. Hones.

It is Boyd’s fourth time being honored by the league and her third time as an All-Pac-12 selection after being named to the freshman team in 2012 and earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She becomes just the fourth Golden Bear to be named to the All-Pac-12 list three times in a career, joining Hampton, Gray-Lawson and Ashley Walker for the distinction.

Gray was named Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She ranks eighth in the country in field goal percentage shooting a sizzling .576, which ranked first in the Pac-12, and with her .559 career percentage she is on track to finish her Golden Bear career as the all-time leader in career percentage – a mark currently held by Kesha Martin (.555, 573-of-1032).  Gray was fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and 10th in rebounding. Her 37 points scored against Sacramento State on Dec. 3 are the most by a post player in the Pac-12 this season and the 11th-most by a post player in the country.

Boyd, a Naismith Trophy (Atlanta Tip-Off Club), Wade Trophy (WBCA), Wooden Award (Los Angeles Athletic Club), Nancy Lieberman Award and Dawn Staley Award midseason candidate, has shown herself to be a true All-American as the player with arguably the most all-around game in the nation, averaging 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game. She is the only player in the country to have registered two triple-doubles already this season after hitting the mark against San Jose State and Sacramento State. She set the California single-game mark for assists with 16 against the Hornets and is the NCAA’s active career steals leader with 353 in her career. Her 7.1 assists per game rank seventh in the NCAA, and her 19 rebounds against Sacramento State are the most for a guard from a “power five conference” in a single-game in the country this season. She is the only current player in the NCAA – and the only player in Pac-12 history – to hit career marks of at least 1,400 points, 700 rebounds, 600 assists and 300 steals.

Cowling averaged 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting over .500 from the field as a freshman winger. In Pac-12 play, Cowling ranked No. 6 in the league with a .493 shooting percentage and was the only freshman to crack the league’s top 15 in the category. She scored a career-high 20 points at Washington and led the team in both scoring and rebounding in three Pac-12 contests this season.

Green started all 29 games for the Bears as a freshman with her 33.3 minutes per game second to only Boyd. She displayed her all-around game with averages of 6.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. She scored a season high 18 points at Arizona and posted two double-doubles on the season, including her 17-point, 12-rebound, 7-assist outing against San Jose State.

Jefflo had five games this season with at least three steals and finished tied for second on the team with 42 on the year. Over half of her thefts came in Pac-12 play, and she finished the year near the top of the conference in the category for the league’s third-ranked defense.

2015 Pac-12 Postseason Coaches Awards

Player of the Year: Reshanda Gray, California
Defensive Player of the Year: Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State
Freshman of the Year: Jordin Canada, UCLA
Coach of the Year: Scott Rueck, Oregon State

All-Pac-12
Jillian Alleyne, Oregon
Promise Amukamara, Arizona State
Brittany Boyd, California
Sophie Brunner, Arizona State
Jazmine Davis, Washington
Nirra Fields, UCLA
Lia Galdeira, Washington State
Reshanda Gray, California
Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State
Amber Orrange, Stanford
Kelsey Plum, Washington
Lili Thompson, Stanford
Alexyz Vaioletama, USC
Jamie Weisner, Oregon State
Sydney Wiese, Oregon State

Honorable Mention
Katie Hempen, Arizona State
Lexy Kresl, Colorado
Tia Presley, Washington State
Bonnie Samuelson, Stanford
Jamee Swan, Colorado
Talia Walton, Washington
Candice Warthen, Arizona
Taryn Wicijowski, Utah

All-Defensive Team
Jillian Alleyne, Oregon
Promise Amukamara, Arizona State
Brittany Boyd, California
Lia Galdeira, Washington State
Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State
Amber Orrange, Stanford

Honorable Mention
Sophie Brunner, Arizona State
Lexi Bando, Oregon
Tanaey Boclair, Utah
McKenzie Calvert, USC
Kaneisha Horn, USC
Mercedes Jefflo, California
Taryn Wicijowski, Utah
Aminah Williams, Washington

All-Freshman Team
McKenzie Calvert, USC
Jordin Canada, UCLA
Mikayla Cowling, California
Gabby Green, California
Kaylee Johnson, Stanford

Honorable Mention
Lexi Bando, Oregon
Tanaeya Boclair, Utah
Monique Billings, UCLA
Marie Gulich, Oregon State
Gabriella Hanson, Oregon State
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