UW's Davis named Pac-12 freshman of year | Women's basketball
Huskies center Regina Rogers joins first-year guard on 15-member All-Pac-12 team.
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Washington point guard Jazmine Davis was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches on Tuesday. She's the first Husky to be honored for the award since center Karen Deden in 1988.
Davis, a 5-foot-8 point guard from San Jose, Calif., was also named to the 15-member All-Pac-12 team along with senior teammate Regina Rogers, a 6-3 center.
It's the first such distinction for Rogers, while Davis joins a short list of 14 freshmen in conference history to be named to the team.
"Regina has had a great year. She's a very, very talented post player, and it was fun to watch her kind of evolve this season," said first-year UW coach Kevin McGuff via teleconference call. "Jaz flew under the radar a little bit. Give (former coach) Tia Jackson and her staff credit for recognizing her talent and recruiting her to Washington. But the thing that separates (Davis) from a lot of people is she's really, really coachable and mature beyond her years."
Davis and Rogers are the first Husky duo to be named since guard Giuliana Mendiola and post Andrea Lalum in 2004. And like Mendiola and Lalum, Davis (16.2) and Rogers (16.3) are the leading scorers for their team.
Washington's Charmaine Barlow, a senior forward from Pasadena, Calif.,was an All-Pac-12 Defensive team honorable mention.
For the other awards, Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second time in her career and younger sister Chiney was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 12th time in her 26 seasons at Stanford.
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