March 5, 2012
Complete Big West Conference Release
IRVINE, Calif. - Samantha Meggison was named to the All-Big West Conference first team while Hannah Stephens earned an honorable mention selection, it was announced on Monday by the league office.
Meggison and Stephens each earn all-conference recognition for the first time in their UC Davis careers.
The all-conference and specialty awards were announced during a media teleconference call with the league's head coaches in advance of the start of the Big West Tournament. The Aggies (17-11, 9-7) will host Pacific (16-12, 9-7) in a quarterfinal round matchup on Tuesday night at The Pavilion. The winner will advance to Friday's semifinals at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Meggison, a 5-11 guard, was UC Davis' leading scorer and rebounder throughout the entire 2011-12 season, averaging 11.2 points and 5.0 boards per game during the regular season. The Orange, Calif. native registered her first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds on Feb. 9 against UC Irvine. She was the top scorer for the Aggies in each of the last five straight games, scoring a career-high 20 points at Long Beach State on Feb. 16.
The senior closes her UC Davis career as the all-time leader in career games played, eclipsing head coach Jennifer Gross on Saturday after she made her 121st career appearance. She also moved into the all-time top ten career list for steals earlier in the year and ranks eighth with 159 takeaways.
Stephens concluded the regular season as UC Davis' second-leading scorer, averaging 9.5 points per game, and recorded a team-high 53 steals. She was the Aggies' top scorer in six different games during 2011-12, and knocked down a career-high 19 points against then-No. 5 Stanford on Nov. 30. She also averaged 3.1 rebounds per game, setting a career-high with 10 boards against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 12.
The 5-foot-6 guard started every game of the season and made her UC Davis debut last season after transferring from the University of Utah.
Meggison was joined on the All-Big West first team by Player of the Year winner Kristina Santiago (Cal Poly), Jasmine Erving (Cal State Northridge), Kassandra McCalister (UC Irvine), Megan Richardson (Cal State Fullerton) and Kendall Rodriguez (Pacific).
Cal State Northridge head coach Jason Flowers was named Coach of the Year after leading the Matadors to one of the biggest turnarounds in the NCAA. After just four wins in 2010-11, Flowers coached his team to an impressive overall record of 17-12 overall record and a No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament, the highest seeding ever for Cal State Northridge.
The Matadors' Janae Sharpe was named Freshman of the Year.
Other specialty awards went to Tre'Shonti Nottingham of UC Riverside (Defensive Player of the Year) and Jonae Ervin of Cal Poly (Best Hustle Award). Cal State Northridge's Violet Alama and UC Santa Barbara's Nicole Nesbit were named Co-Sixth Woman of the Year honorees.
The Big West Tournament gets underway on Tuesday with quarterfinal matchups at home sites. Cal Poly (16-13) earned the No. 1 seed and will host No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (11-18). No. 2 Cal State Northridge (17-12) hosts No. 7 Long Beach State (12-17) while UC Irvine (13-16) earned the No. 3 seed and will host sixth-seeded UC Santa Barbara (14-15).