Five Women of Troy Win All-Pac-12 Honors
March 6, 2012
USC senior guards Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath have combined forces on the conference honor roll for the third straight season now that the pair have landed picks to the 2011-12 All-Pac-12 Team. The dynamic senior duo are on the conference's career charts already, as they lead a group of five Women of Troy on this year's Pac-12 awards lists. Sophomore Cassie Harberts and junior Christina Marinacci have picked up their first selections to the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention list, with Marinacci also earning Pac-12 Defensive Honorable Mention to follow Gilbreath's third consecutive spot on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Freshman Ariya Crook also comes through with a place on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team to round out USC's Pac-12 awards for the season.
USC is the only team in the conference with more than one active player ranked on the Pac-12's career leader charts. Corral currently ranks No. 2 in career 3-pointers made (291) and No. 42 in career points (1,537). Gilbreath -- now a four-time all-conference team selection -- ranks No. 8 in career blocks (176), No. 36 in career rebounds (803) and No. 37 in career points (1,591).
Senior Ashley Corral stands as USC's all-time career leader in 3-pointers made, and enters this week's Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament play with just five to go in order to take over as the Pac-12's all-time leader. With this year's selection to the All-Pac-12 Team, Corral has her third straight pick to the all-conference team to go along with All-Freshman Honorable Mention earned in her first season at Troy. In her senior season to date, Corral is averaging 11.9 points per game overall, and posted a team-high 12.7 points per game during Pac-12 play as she helped lead USC to a third-place finish in the conference. Her .803 free-throw percentage is fourth best in the Pac-12, as is her .380 3-point percentage this season. With 3.2 assists per game, she's on the brink of taking over as USC's No. 3 career assists leader. In 2010, she landed a spot on the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team, and she was named to the 2011 WNIT All-Tournament team last season.
Senior Briana Gilbreath has shined on both ends of the floor for the Trojans for four seasons now, as she now picks up her fourth consecutive all-conference team award with this year's 2012 All-Pac-12 Team honors to go along with her third straight selection to the defensive honor roll in her spot on the 2012 Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. USC's steals and blocks leader this season, Gilbreath's defensive energy has put her on the conference's defensive radar for four years now. She earned Defensive Honorable Mention as a freshman to go along with her pick as the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a spot on the All-Pac-10 Third Team. In 2010, she was the Pac-10's Co-Defensive Player of the Year to start her run of three defensive team awards. Now averaging a team-high 12.1 points per game as a senior, Gilbreath has moved into the top-10 in five statistical categories in the USC history books, ranked No. 4 in blocks (166), No. 6 in steals (240) and in free throws made (384), No. 8 in rebounds (803) and No. 9 in points (1,591). Last year, she became USC's first player since 1997 to earn All-America honors from the Associated Press, and she started her senior season on the Naismith Award Early-Season Watch List.
Junior Christina Marinacci has been a dominant force for the Women of Troy, just recently becoming the only Trojan this season to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week. With three double-doubles for USC this season, Marinacci has averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during Pac-12 play. She ranks sixth in the conference in offensive rebounds with 3.4 per game, helping to land her first conference honors since 2010 Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention with this year's All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and double duty with Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention. Her powerful junior season has bulked up her career stats to 733 career points and 581 career rebounds as she and the Women of Troy take aim at the Pac-12 Tournament and beyond.
Sophomore Cassie Harberts has followed up a freshman campaign that saw her take a spot on the 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and earn a place on the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team with this year's accolades of All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Harberts is providing a team-high 12.1 points per game and has recorded three double-doubles in her sophomore season. She's hauling in 6.0 rebounds per game, including 2.3 offensive boards, and serves up almost a block a game. Harberts leads the Trojans with 19 double-digit scoring games this season, and is the only player on the roster to have started and played in every game of her career.
Freshman Ariya Crook opens up her Trojan career with a spot on the 2012 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. She made her mark on the conference when she almost single-handedly won the game for USC by serving up all 11 points for the Trojans in an overtime comeback win at Cal. That set her a career high of 21 points, as the young guard now currently averages 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game for the Women of Troy. She missed just one game this season due to injury, and has started four.
Also released today were the Pac-12 Media Awards, as selected by members of the media covering the conference. Briana Gilbreath and Ashley Corral both earned selections, with Gilbreath named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year alongside Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Gilbreath and Corral were both named to the All-Pac-12 Team of 15 players, and Gilbreath also is on the All-Defensive Team.
USC is now set to open up the Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament as the No. 3 seed, earning a bye in the first round to face either No. 6 Oregon State or No. 11 Washington State in a 7:15 p.m. quarterfinal game on Thursday (March 8) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Trojans enter the conference tourney with an 18-11 overall record as they seek to bulk up their record and land a place at the 2012 NCAA Tournament to make their first appearance in the tournament since 2006.