Well shucks darn it, Jeanette Pohlen got PAC-10 player of the year! Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike got it last year for her breakout performance. This year, Jeanette had one of those, too. Jeanette has always been a solid performer but this year she stepped it up and went into overdrive, culminating in a 31 point performance to break UConn’s 90 game wining streak.
Are you a stats junkie? Then feast on these from the official Stanford website:
Currently Jeanette averages 15.8 points and 4.83 assists a game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and Pac-10-leading figures of 43.2 percent from 3-point range and 90.8 percent from the free-throw line. Her 80 3-pointers this season are just 11 back of Krista Rappahahn's Stanford single-season record of 91 set in 2005-06. JP was also named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the third time in her career.
Is Nneka bummed she didn’t win it? C and R don’t know for sure, but we kinda doubt it because little sis Chiney got the PAC-10 freshmen of the year award. According to Stanford’s site, Chiney averages 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game while shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Chiney currently leads all Pac-10 freshmen in rebounding, field-goal percentage and blocked shots (0.8 bpg) while ranking second in scoring. She also was Stanford’s defensive stopper, getting a Pac-10 freshman-high 23 blocks as well as a team-leading 43 steals. No wonder she also made the All-Defensive Team as well as All-Freshman Team.
Oh, last but not least, Stanford Women’s Basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer selected to receive the newly named John R. Wooden Pac-10 Coach of the Year Award! Wow! The league must recognize how well she prepares her team and how well she adjusts at half time.
But wait, there’s more, as they say on TV:
Jeanette Pohlen, Chiney Ogwumike, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen were all named to the All-Pac-10 Team. Kayla was named All-Pac-10 for the fourth straight year. Chiney was also named to both the Pac-10 All-Freshman and All-Defensive Teams as we said, Nneka and Kayla were named Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honorable mention, and freshman guard Toni Kokenis was named Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honorable mention.
Okay, so that means that 4 of Stanford’s starters are on the All PAC-10 team, 3 were on the All-defensive team (2 honorable mentions), and 2 were on the All-Freshmen team (1 honorable mention), and the coach was the PAC-10 coach of the year. Geez, it looks like Stanford is ready to win a national championship or something.