BYU center Jennifer Hamson became the West Coast Conference's first women's basketball player to be the player of the year and its best defense of standout in the same season.
The press release of the WCC all-conference nominees follows below:
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - After ranking among active career top-25 national leaders in three categories for the bulk of the season, BYU senior Jennifer Hamson became the first student-athlete in league history to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same campaign. Pacific's KiKi Moore was tabbed the Crons Newcomer of the Year and concluded the regular season as the active Division I career steals leader. Gonzaga's Kelly Graves guided the Bulldogs to an unprecedented 10th WCC regular season title and collected Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time. All four individual awards - along with the All-West Coast Conference Team and the All-Freshman Team - were voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.
Jennifer Hamson ranked second in the league in scoring (18.5), rebounds (12.1) during WCC contests and was the overall league leader in field goal percentage (56.6) and blocked shots (4.2). The two-sport star led the nation in blocked shots (122) and blocks per game and was second in the WCC in double-double nights (19).
A three-time WCC Player of the Week, Hamson averaged a league-best 4.3 blocks during WCC games and pulled down 8.1 defensive boards. The senior spearheaded a BYU defensive unit that ranked No. 15 among Division I leaders in field goal percentage defense (35.1) and sixth in blocked shots (6.3). Hamson is the first student-athlete to earn WCC Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Jermisha Dosty of Saint Mary's won Player of the Year honors in 2001-02 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2002-03.
KiKi Moore made the most of her lone season competing for Pacific during its West Coast Conference debut. An all-conference honoree in the then-Pac-10 (2090-10), WAC (2011-12) and Mountain West (2012-13), Moore is one of a handful of student-athlete to capture Newcomer of the Year honors in two different leagues, after earning Newcomer and Player of the Year accolades in the WAC in 2011-12. The 2013 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, Moore is putting the finishing touches on a remarkable career and enters the 2014 WCC Basketball Championship ranked first among active NCAA career steals leaders (364) and 20th in career scoring (1,954).
Kelly Graves directed Gonzaga to another outstanding season culminating in its unprecedented 10th straight regular season championship with a 16-2 league record. The Bulldogs collected their first preseason top-25 ranking this season and were cracked at least one of the two major polls 16 of 18 weeks. Along the way, Gonzaga posted an unblemished 16-0 home record to go along with a 13-game winning streak. Graves ranks second in WCC Basketball history - men and women - with eight total Coach of the Year nods. Gonzaga men's head coach Mark Few has nine.
Of the 10-member All-WCC First Team, seven appeared on the 2013-14 preseason All-WCC squad. Hamson, San Diego's Amy Kame, Saint Mary's Danielle Mauldin andJackie Nared and Gonzaga's Haiden Palmer appear on the postseason first team for the second straight year.
All 10 West Coast Conference teams head to Las Vegas to compete for the conference championship and subsequent automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Action tips off at the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships Thursday, March 6 when No. 7 Santa Clara takes on No. 10 Pepperdine at 12:00 p.m. in a contest broadcast live nationally on BYUtv and TheW.tv from the Orleans Arena.
Player of the Year
Jennifer Hamson, Sr. C, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year
Jennifer Hamson, Sr., C, BYU
Crons Newcomer of the Year
KiKi Moore, Sr., G, Pacific
Coach of the Year
Kelly Graves, Gonzaga
2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Player Yr. Pos. School
Lexi Eaton So. G BYU
Sunny Greinacher Jr. F Gonzaga
Jennifer Hamson Sr. C BYU
Amy Kame Sr. G San Diego
Kendall Kenyon Jr. F Pacific
Danielle Mauldin Sr. F Saint Mary's
KiKi Moore Sr. G Pacific
Jackie Nared Sr. G Saint Mary's
Haiden Palmer Jr. G Gonzaga
Hazel Ramirez Sr. G Loyola Marymount
2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Morgan Bailey, BYU; Kim Beeston, BYU; Cassandra Brown, Portland; Zhané Dikes, San Francisco; Kate Gaze, Saint Mary's; Nici Gilday, Malina Hood, San Diego; Santa Clara; Taylor Proctor, San Francisco; Jazmine Redmon, Gonzaga; Felicia Wijenberg, San Diego; Jasmine Wooton, Portland
2013-14 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM