March 10, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps was named to the All-Big West Conference First Team for the second-straight season while sophomore Alyson Doherty earned second-team laurels as the league's all-conference honor roll was announced on Monday morning.
"I think both are tremendously deserving of those honors," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said on Monday morning during a pre-tournament conference call with the media. "I think, to them, the individual recognition isn't quite as important. They are two of our top competitors who just want to get out there and get it done this week."
Fipps joins former Aggies great Paige Mintun (a first-team honoree for three-straight seasons from 2009-11) as the only UC Davis players to have earned multiple first-team all-conference honors in the Big West, and continues a string that has seen an Aggie earn a first-team all-conference award every season since joining the league.
Entering this week's tournament action, Fipps ranks among the Big West's top 10 in five different offensive categories, including standing as the league's third-ranked scorer entering the week at 17.8 ppg. The Mariposa, Calif., native -- who has scored 20 points or more in 15 games this season -- has reached double figures in all but three contests in 2013-14, while also standing fifth in the league in free throw percentage (.816), ninth in three-pointers made (1.62 per game), 10th in field goal percentage (.440), and 15th in rebounding (5.9 rpg).
"Sydnee has been so consistent," Gross said. "She draws single- and double-coverage, when she puts it on the floor, people flood the paint. She's tremendous in that she just finds a way to put the ball in the basket. She works hard to find a way to improve every day."
Monday's honor is also the first all-conference award for Doherty after the sophomore was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team in 2013. She has reached double figures in each of her last seven games headed down the stretch, including a pair of 20-point performances against Cal Poly (22) and UC Irvine (20), and enters tournament play ranked 14th in the Big West in scoring (13.1 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (6.3 rpg), while also leading the league in field goal percentage (.557) and standing second in blocks (1.35 bog).
"Alyson has really stepped up in conference play, she's leading the Big West in field goal percentage, which shows just how consistent she can be," Gross said. "The most exciting this, though, is that she is just a sophomore and is just getting better and better every single day."
UC Davis, the fifth-seed in this week's Big West Tournament, opens tournament play on Tuesday (March 11) at 6 p.m. against the No. 8-seed UC Santa Barbara at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
2013-14 ALL-BIG WEST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ashlee Guay, Cal State Northridge
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Simone DeCoud, UC Riverside
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jason Flowers, Cal State Northridge
SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Ashleigh Karaitiana, Hawai'i
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Camille Mahlknecht, Cal State Northridge
"BEST HUSTLE": Taryn Garza, Cal Poly
Ariana Elegado - Jr., G, Cal Poly
Molly Schlemer - Sr., C, Cal Poly
Ashlee Guay - Jr., G, Cal State Northridge
Sydnee Fipps - Jr., F, UC Davis
Camille Buckley - Sr., F, UC Irvine
Brittany Crain - So., G, UC Riverside
Alex Thomas - Sr., G, Cal State Fullerton
Janae Sharpe - Jr., G, Cal State Northridge
Alyson Doherty - So., F, UC Davis
Kamilah Martin - Sr., F, Hawai'i
Shawna-Lei Kuehu - Sr., G, Hawai'i
Jonae Ervin - Sr., G, Cal Poly
Chante Miles - Jr., G, Cal State Fullerton
Cinnamon Lister - Jr., G, Cal State Northridge
Ella Clark - Jr., F, Long Beach State
Lauren Spargo - Jr., G, Long Beach State
Jennifer Tsurumoto - Sr., G, UC Irvine
Nicole Nesbit - Sr., G, UC Santa Barbara
Melissa Zornig, Sr., G, UC Santa Barbara
Samantha Logan - G, Cal State Fullerton
Raven Benton - G, Long Beach State
Anna Kim, G, Long Beach State
Simone DeCoud - G, UC Riverside
Onome Jemerigbe - G, UC Santa Barbara
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