Feb. 9, 2007
San Bruno, CA - Seven WCC women's basketball players received 2007 ESPN The Magazine/CoSida Academic All-District VIII honors on Thursday. LMU's Jennifer Hall joined Gonzaga's Jami Bjorklund and Stephanie Hawk on the first team, while Portland's Anne Graner and Rachel Warren were named to the second team. San Francisco's Lisa Olden and Santa Clara's Ashley Graham each earned third team honors.
Gonzaga's Hawk graduated with a 3.60 GPA in business administration and currently holds a 3.84 GPA after her first semester as a MBA graduate student. The native of Ontario, Ore., who earned third-team All-District honors a season ago, currently leads the Bulldogs with 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Hawk has scored in double-figures point in 20 out of the Zags 25 games, including seven 20+ point games and one 30+ point game. She has nine double-doubles to her credit, including seven double-doubles in West Coast Conference action. Hawk has earned WCC Player of the Week three times this season and was named the WCC Player of the Month for January.
Hawk's teammate Jami Bjorklund currently holds a 3.93 GPA in business administration. The Spokane, Wash., native is currently averaging 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Bjorklund has scored in double-figure points in 13 Bulldogs games, including two 20+ point performances. She scored a then career-high 21 points against 2nd ranked University of North Carolina and then bested her career-high when she dropped 25 points against the University of San Francisco.
Loyola Marymount's Hall has had an outstanding first season with the Lions, averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has connected on 45% of her shots from the field, and is among the nation's leaders with a .847 free throw shooting percentage. Hall was named the WCC's December Player of the Month, and earned Player of the Week honors in December as well. She has scored in double digits in all but five games this season, and has recorded four double doubles. She broke the school's single game record for free throw percentage when she was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line against Hawaii. In that game, she scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Portland's Graner, a senior guard who transferred from North Dakota State College of Science in 2005, has made the Dean's List all three semesters at UP. A native of from Red Wing, Minn., Graner has started 23 games this season and is averaging 6.0 points per game and 3.8 rebounds. On Dec. 7, Graner notched career highs of 14 points and nine boards during a 75-52 win over Denver. She has scored in double figures four times this season.
Fellow Pilot Rachel Warren, a junior center from Brisbane, Australia, leads the Pilots this season and ranks second in the West Coast Conference with a 7.4 rebounds per game average. She's also second on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg), while her 2.4 blocks per game are tops in the WCC and rank 24th nationally. Warren has recorded a team-high five double-doubles this season and recorded a career-high 17 rebounds at Sacramento State earlier this year. Warren has missed the past three weeks with an injured foot.
San Francisco's Olden earned third team recognition, posting a 3.92 GPA in business during her time on The Hilltop. The junior has started all 24 games for the Dons so far this season, and leads the team with 12 blocked shots. Olden also ranks second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per game, and fourth on the squad with 7.6 points per contest.
Santa Clara's Graham is currently in the midst of a career year, averaging 10.9 points and 4.96 assists per game while in carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.63 as she works towards a psychology major in the classroom. Graham's steady play as the starting point guard has been a major factor in making the Broncos the top offensive team in the West Coast Conference. Paced by her 4.96 assists a game, which is third in the WCC, SCU leads the conference with 71.1 points a game and also with 15.96 team assists per game.
Five total student-athletes were selected to the District VIII first-team and will now be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. Also joining Hawk, Bjorklund, and Hall on the first-team were Joanna Chadd (Eastern Washington University) and Kate Benz (Washington State University).
District VIII - University Division
Stephanie Hawk - Gonzaga
Jami Bjorklund - Gonzaga
Jennifer Hall - Loyola Marymount University
Joanna Chadd - Eastern Washington
Kate Benz - Washington State
Anne Graner - Portland
Rachel Warren - Portland
Kelsey Kahle - Portland State
Emily Westerberg - Arizona State
Aubree Johnson - Arizona State
Lindsey Pluimer - UCLA
Lisa Olden - San Francisco
Ashley Graham - Santa Clara
Noelle Quinn - UCLA
Brooke Smith - Stanford
Delaney Conway - Portland State
Chantella Perera - Fresno State