#Pac12WBB: Paopao, Sabally Among Pac 12 All-Conference Honorees

SAN FRANCISCO – The year-end Pac-12 Women’s Basketball All-Conference and Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva, were announced Monday. ARIZONA’s Aari McDonald has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, while also being named the Pac-12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year alongside STANFORD’s Anna Wilson. WASHINGTON STATE’s Charlisse Leger-Walker earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors, and STANFORD’s Lacie Hull was tabbed the Sixth Player of the Year. STANFORD head coach Tara VanDerveer has been named the John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

Oregon women’s basketball standouts Te-Hina Paopao and Nyara Sabally were both named to the 15-player all-Pac-12 team on Monday afternoon, while Paopao also earned a spot on the five-player conference all-freshman squad.

Paopao is one of only two first-year players to garner all-Pac-12 recognition, along with freshman of the year Charlisse Leger-Walker (WSU), and she is the first true freshman to earn all-conference honors for Oregon since Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard in 2016-17. Paopao is also the first Duck to be named Pac-12 all-freshman since Satou Sabally in 2017-18.

Sabally received Pac-12 all-defensive honorable mention along with being named to the all-Pac-12 team, and senior Erin Boley was an all-conference honorable mention selection.

 Te-Hina Paopao – All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Freshman

The first true freshman to start a season opener for the Ducks since Ionescu in 2016-17, Paopao was the only Oregon player to start each of the first 19 games of the season before missing Sunday’s contest vs. Oregon State with an injury. Paopao has directed the UO offense to a No. 13 national ranking with a 1.33 assist-to-turnover ratio, and her 2.40 individual mark ranks third among NCAA freshmen. Paopao’s 84 total assists currently rank eighth in Oregon freshman single-season history, and she led the Ducks in assists in 15 of the season’s first 19 games. The Oceanside, Calif., native is second on the team with 11 double-figure scoring games and third with 10.2 points per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and 39.5 percent from three-point range. Paopao also leads the Ducks with 27 total steals.

Nyara Sabally – All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention

Finally in action as a redshirt sophomore after missing each of the last two years due to injury, Sabally is one of only two players in the Pac-12 this season to lead their team in points (12.4 PPG), rebounds (7.3 RPG), field goals (95) and blocked shots (22). The 6-foot-5 forward is pacing the Ducks with four double-doubles and 15 double-figure scoring games, including six straight and 13 in her last 14 games entering the Pac-12 Tournament. Sabally went 9-of-9 from the floor in a 20-point, 10-rebound performance vs. Colorado on December 4, tying for the seventh-best individual shooting performance in UO single-game history. The Berlin, Germany, native has also shown off her shooting range in recent weeks, going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc on February 21 at USC and 7-of-12 from deep so far this season.

 Erin Boley – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

Boley earned all-Pac-12 honorable mention recognition after averaging 10.6 points per game with 4.7 rebounds per game on 47.9 percent shooting during the regular season. Arguably the nation’s best three-point shooter the last two seasons, Boley has expanded her game as a senior and has already made more two-point field goals through 19 games (54) than she did all of last season in 33 games (3). Boley is currently tied for fourth in Oregon history with 211 made three-pointers as a Duck.

Pac-12 Player of the Year, presented by Nextiva – Aari McDonald, ARIZONA

McDonald (Fresno, Calif.) becomes the second Pac-12 Player of the Year in Arizona program history, joining current head coach Adia Barnes in 1998. McDonald has scored in double figures in 85-straight contests, which is the longest streak in league history as well as the longest active streak in NCAA Division I, and is tied for the Conference lead in points per game with 19.4. Her 2,128 career points are the 15th-most in Pac-12 history and the most among active NCAA players. In addition to being one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award, McDonald is also on the Naismith Trophy Midseason Watch List, the Wooden Award Top 20, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10, the Wade Trophy Watch List, and is a candidate for the Senior CLASS award as well as the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year award. The senior joins former Stanford great Chiney Ogwumike (2013) as the only players in Pac-12 history to earn both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.

Pac-12 Defensive Players of the Year, presented by Nextiva – Aari McDonald, ARIZONA & Anna Wilson, STANFORD

McDonald (Fresno, Calif.) earns her second Pac-12 Defensive Player of Year award after leading the league with 2.7 steals per game for the second consecutive year. She helped Arizona hold its opponents to just 56.6 points per game, which ranks 29th in the country, and shoot just 37.5 percent from the field which ranks 61st in the nation. McDonald is also currently one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

Wilson (Seattle, Wash.) has started every game for a Stanford team which ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 53.0 points per game, and fourth in scoring margin with a 25.0 point differential. Wilson is averaging 1.5 steals per game and has held many of the league’s top scorers to single-digit points all season long. The Cardinal head to the Pac-12 Tournament with the No. 1 seed after securing its 24th Pac-12 regular-season title.

Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, presented by Nextiva – Charlisse Leger- Walker, WASHINGTON STATE

Leger-Walker, a guard from Waikato, New Zealand, earns the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honor after being named the league’s Freshman of the Week seven times this season, becoming the third player in Pac-12 history to earn the distinction seven-or-more times (California’s Kristine Anigwe 8x in 2015-16; Washington’s Kelsey Plum 7x in 2013-14). She is currently tied for the Conference lead with 19.6 points per game and posted 12 20+ point performances this season, the most in the league. Leger-Walker is the second Cougar ever to earn the honor, joining Aike Dietel in 1998, and is the 23rd player in Pac-12 history to be named to the All-Pac-12 Team as a freshman. She led Washington State to three wins over top-25 teams and its first winning season since 2014-15.

Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year, presented by Nextiva – Lacie Hull, STANFORD

Hull (Spokane, Wash.) made 21-of-22 appearances off the bench for regular-season champion Stanford and provided the Cardinal with key presence on both sides of the floor all season long. Hull is averaging 17 minutes and a 43.4 shooting percentage from the floor, while contributing 2.7 boards per game and a 1.9 assist to turnover ratio.

John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year – Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer

VanDerveer is the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year for the 16th time in her illustrious career after leading Stanford to its 24th Pac-12 regular-season title. VanDerveer reached new heights this season, surpassing Pat Summitt to become the winningest coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history, a record which now stands at 1,116 career victories. The Cardinal have been ranked in the top-six of the national rankings every week this season, including a No. 1 overall ranking for six-straight weeks. Under her tutelage, Stanford went 13-1 on the road this year as local health restrictions forced the Cardinal to play away from their home court for nine weeks. Despite the unprecedented challenges, Stanford still boasted three players on the All-Pac-12 Team, earned the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, and is projected as a No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

ALL-PAC-12 (15 members)


Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Aleah Goodman Oregon State G Sr. Milwaukie, Ore.
Mya Hollingshed Colorado G/F Sr. Houston, Texas
Lexie Hull** Stanford G Jr. Spokane, Wash.
Haley Jones Stanford G So. Santa Cruz, Calif.
Taylor Jones Oregon State F So. Forney, Texas
Charlisse Leger-Walker Washington State G Fr. Waikato, New Zealand
Aari McDonald*** Arizona G Sr. Fresno, Calif.
Michaela Onyenwere*** UCLA F Sr. Aurora, Calif.
Charisma Osborne UCLA F So. Moreno Valley, Calif.
Te-Hina Paopao Oregon G Fr. Oceanside, Calif.
Cate Reese** Arizona F Jr. Cypress, Texas
Endyia Rogers USC G So. Dallas, Texas
Nyara Sabally** Oregon F R-So. Berlin, Germany
Sam Thomas Arizona F Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Kiana Williams*** Stanford G Sr. San Antonio, Texas

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HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Trinity Baptiste, ARIZ (Sr., F); Erin Boley, ORE (Sr., F); Cameron Brink, STAN (Fr., F); Natalie Chou, UCLA (R-Sr., G); Taya Hanson, ASU (Jr., G); Kemery MartÍn, UTAH (So., G); Brynna Maxwell, UTAH (So., G); Alissa Pili, USC (So., F); Jordan Sanders, USC (Gr., F); Haley Van Dyke, WASH (Jr., F).

ALL-DEFENSIVE (5 members)


Name School  Pos.   Yr.   Hometown
Aari McDonald*** Arizona G Sr. Fresno, Calif.
Charisma Osborne UCLA G So. Moreno Valley, Calif.
Jaylyn Sherrod Colorado G So. Birmingham, Ala.
Sam Thomas** Arizona F So. Las Vegas, Nev.
Anna Wilson Stanford G R-Sr. Seattle, Wash.

HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Sasha Goforth, OSU (Fr., G); Aleah Goodman, OSU (Sr., G); Taya Hanson, ASU (Jr., G); Taylor Jones, OSU (So., F); Krystal Leger-Walker, WSU (R-Sr., G); Nyara Sabally, ORE (R-So., F); Haley Van Dyke, WASH (Jr., F).



Name School Pos. Hometown
Emmily Bessoir UCLA F Munich, Germany
Cameron Brink Stanford F Beaverton, Ore.
Sasha Goforth Oregon State G Fayetteville, Ark.
Charlisse Leger-Walker Washington State G Waikato, New Zealand
Te-Hina Paopao Oregon G Oceanside, Calif.


HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): Dalayah Daniels, CAL (G/F); Frida Formann, COLO (G); Amaya Oliver, USC (G/F); Talia von Oelhoffen, OSU (G); Lauren Ware, ARIZ (F).