March 11, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps, the league's leading scorer for conference games at 16.3 ppg, was named to the All-Big West Conference women's basketball first team on Monday, one of four Aggies recognized by the league.
The teams, voted on by the head coaches, were announced Monday morning on a media teleconference ahead of the Big West Tournament which begins on Tuesday at UC Irvine.
Fipps, a 5-foot-10 forward from Mariposa, is the Aggies' second sophomore to earn first-team accolades, joining Paige Mintunwho was honored in 2009. UC Davis has had a first-team honoree each of its six seasons in the Big West, including Mintun who was named three times.
Fipps, who scored a career-high 29 points against Long Beach State in January and had at least 22 points in seven games, is ranked second in the Big West in scoring for all games, third in free throw percentage (.824), sixth in steals (1.8), seventh in field goal percentage (.448) and eighth in three-pointers per game (1.5).
She posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds at Sacramento State in December and two weeks ago drained a career-high five treys in the Aggies' key 47-43 road win at UC Irvine.
French, a 5-11 senior from Stockton, has proved to be one of the most dangerous long-range shooters in the conference, as well as Aggie history. She has 171 three-pointers in her career, including 60 this season, and is second on the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg. She ranks third in the league in treys per game, and is seventh in three-point percentage (.330).
French tallied a career-best 26 points at Cal Poly in January, and averaged 21 ppg., at Houston Baptist's Husky Invitational on Thanksgiving, earning tournament MVP honors and subsequent Big West Player of the Week accolades.
Doherty and Gruebel earned All-Freshman honors after leading a group of talented first-year Aggies. Doherty, a 6-3 forward from Lake Forest, started 26 games this season, averaging 5.3 ppg. and a team-high tying 5.0 rpg. She had three straight games with double-digit scoring, including averaging 14 ppg and 8.0 rpg on UC Davis' roadtrip to Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge.
Greubel, a 5-9 guard from Santa Ana, is averaging 6.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg for UC Davis while canning 22 three-pointers, third-best on the team. Her 47 assists are also third on the team. Greubel opened the season with 16 points against Pepperdine, later eclipsing that with a season-high 18 at Pacific. She scored in double-digits five straight games midway through the conference season.
Molly Schlemer of Cal Poly was named the Big West Player of the Year, UC Riverside's Brittany Crain earned top freshman honors, and regular-season champion Pacific's Lynne Roberts was named Big West Coach of the Year.
The seventh-seeded Aggies will face sixth-seeded Cal State Northridge at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at UC Irvine. The winner advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The semifinals and championship games will be held at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday and Saturday.
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