March 7, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Junior forward Ashlee Brown was voted the Western Athletic Conference's Newcomer of the Year and Raegan Pebley was named the WAC Coach of the Year as the league office announced its postseason honors Monday. Senior guard Alice Coddington was voted to the all-defensive team for the second-straight year.
"Our team is not about individual awards or accolades," said Pebley. "While we appreciate and are honored for those that we received, we have been, we are, we will still continue to be about our team's performance. I am proud of what we have accomplished, but there is still more to accomplish."
After transferring from UC Santa Barbara, Brown leads the Aggies with 15.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Brown is the fourth Aggie to earn all-WAC honors and the second to earn first-team accolades. In 2009, current assistant coach Danyelle Snelgro was the first Aggie to be named to the first team. Senior forward Amber White was named to the all-WAC second-team in 2010, while Ana Pares was earned second-team honors in 2009.
Brown is the first Utah State player to earn the newcomer of the year award. Last year, Nevada's Tahnee Robinson was voted the Newcomer of the year, and this year she earned a spot on the all-WAC first-team. Brown becomes just the seventh player to earn the Newcomer of the Year award in WAC history as the first award was given to Tulsa's Jillian Robbins in 2003-04.
"Very few people know of the investment and sacrifices Ashlee made to be apart of our program," Pebley said. "It is pretty special to see this type of return come back to her. Of course, people know that she is an excellent player, but what is special for all of us is that we know that she is an outstanding teammate."
Coddinton is the second Aggie to be honored on the all-defensive team, earning the award last season and Senlgro earning the honor in 2009. Coddington leads the Aggies in steals with 73 this season and is second in the WAC averaging 2.52 steals per game behind all-WAC first-team honoree Jaleesa Ross who averages 2.73.
"Alice believes in defense and wears herself out on that end of the floor. Just like a great shot blocker changes more shots than she blocks, Alice changes more people's decisions with the ball than she gets steals."
The Aggies finished the regular season with a 16-13 record, including a 10-6 WAC mark. The 16 wins so far this year is tied for most wins in a season, with the 2008-09 team who finished 16-15, since the reinstatement in 2003-04. The 10 WAC wins for USU is the most wins in a season since joining the WAC for the 2005-06 season.
Louisiana Tech's Adrienne Johnson earned WAC Player of the Year honors while Nevada's Shavon Moore was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year. It is the third-straight year Louisiana Tech has earned player of the year.
It is the first time Pebley has been named the conference Coach of the Year. She is also the first female to earn the award since 2004-05 when Rice's Cristy McKinney was named Coach of the Year.
"I respect the coaches in this league tremendously and humbled by their vote," Pebley said. "Our incredible staff and team in addition to the teams and coaches we compete against in the WAC make our program better each season. This award is about our team's success thus far and nothing more."
Utah State will compete in the WAC tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., Mar. 9-12. The Aggies will play in the quarterfinal round Mar. 10 at 9:30 p.m. MT against the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Hawai'i and sixth-seeded New Mexico State which will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 9:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball All-WAC Teams 2010-11 All-Western Athletic Conference Teams First Team All-WAC Ashlee Brown Utah State F 6-0 Jr. Chandler Ariz. (UC Santa Barbara) Adrienne Johnson Louisiana Tech F 6-0 Sr. Franklin, La. (Franklin) Shavon Moore Nevada F 6-1 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (J.W. North) Tahnee Robinson Nevada G 5-9 Sr. Fort Washakie, Wyo. (Sheridan College) Jaleesa Ross Fresno State G 5-8 Sr. Pinole, Calif. (Pinole Valley)
Second Team All-WAC Jasmine Bendolph Louisiana Tech G 5-7 Jr. Mobile, Ala. (Davidson) Rosie Moult Fresno State G/F 6-0 So. Olinda, Victoria, Australia (Vermont Secondary) Yinka Olorunnife Idaho P 6-0 Sr. Windsor, Ontario, Canada (National Elite Development) Madison Spence New Mexico State G 5-11 Sr. Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield) Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey Louisiana Tech G 5-7 Sr. Many, La. (Many)
All-Defensive Team Alice Coddington Utah State G 5-10 Sr. Canberra, Australia (Radford College) Adrienne Johnson Louisiana Tech F 6-0 Sr. Franklin, La. (Franklin) Shavon Moore Nevada F 6-1 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (J.W. North) Yinka Olorunnife Idaho P 6-0 Sr. Windsor, Ontario, Canada (National Elite Development) Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey Louisiana Tech G 5-7 Sr. Many, La. (Many)
All-Freshman Team Kamilah Jackson Hawai`i F 6-0 Oakland, Calif. (Sacred Heart Cathedral) Shawna-Lei Kuehu Hawai`i G 5-10 `Aiea, O'ahu (Punahou School) Diana Lee Boise State G 5-7 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Hansworth) Jasmine Rutledge New Mexico State G 6-0 Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa) Taylor Thompson Fresno State G 5-5 Cache, Okla. (Cache)
Player of the Year: Adrienne Johnson, Louisiana Tech Defensive Player of the Year: Shavon Moore, Nevada Newcomer of the Year: Ashlee Brown, Utah State Coach of the Year: Raegan Pebley, Utah State
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