The Stanford and Cal women’s basketball teams both finished the regular season ranked in the top 5 in the nation, so it came as no surprise that both were rewarded with Pac-12 Conference media awards Monday.
Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike was unanimously voted as the conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the conference unveiled. A Stanford player has won the Player of the Year honor in all four years of the media-voted awards.
Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb, in her second year, led the No. 5 Bears to their first conference title in program history. Cal shared the conference crown with No. 4 Stanford when both finished with identical 17-1 Pac-12 records.
Cal’s Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon and Stanford’s Joslyn Tinkle and Ogwumike were named to the All-Pac-12 team.
Gonzaga No. 1 for first time: Gonzaga is on top of The Associated Press’ men’s basketball Top 25 for the first time. Riding the best record in Division I at 29-2, the Bulldogs took advantage of Indiana’s loss to Minnesota last week and switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 and moving comfortably into the No. 1 spot Monday. Duke, which followed a loss to Virginia with a win over Miami, stayed third with five first-place votes. Kansas and Georgetown both jumped two spots to fourth and
Dickerson nabs WCC honor: For the second time this season, USF junior Cole Dickerson has been named the West Coast Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week. In the Dons’ only game last week, Dickerson scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead USF to an 83-70 win at San Diego, clinching the fifth seed in the upcoming WCC tournament. It was his WCC-leading 11th double-double of the season.