March 6, 2003
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Washington State junior forward Bianca McCall was named as an All-Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball honorable mention selection, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced, Thursday.
Heading into Friday's opening game of the Pac-10 Tournament against USC, McCall leads the Cougars in points (13.1/game) and rebounds (8.0/game) and has scored in double-digits in 20 of 27 games.
The 6-foot-1 junior forward from Santa Rosa, Calif., has recorded eight double-doubles in points and rebounds this season, which ranks third in the Pac-10. At one point - from Jan. 11 to Jan. 25, - McCall ran together a string of five consecutive double-doubles. In addition, McCall's six 20-point games finished tied for eighth in the conference.
McCall, who transferred to WSU from Santa Rosa Junior College, concluded the season ranked in the top 10 in the conference in five categories. She was second in offensive rebounds (3.70/game), third in total rebounds (8.0 rpg) and blocks (1.52/game), sixth in defensive rebounds (4.30/game) and ninth in scoring (13.1 ppg).
"It is just reflective of how she has come in and really attacked the Pac-10," WSU Coach Sherri Murrell said. "She's undersized and competes against players who are bigger, taller, and stronger and comes out with double-doubles. It is amazing. She has really helped us out this year and it has been a pleasure to coach someone who has impacted us so much."
In her first game as a Cougar, McCall made an impression in the school record books against Wyoming, Nov. 22. She grabbed 19 rebounds against the Cowgirls to tie her for the sixth-best single-game rebounding performance in WSU history. McCall's effort tied with three other Cougars (Janet Kusler, 1976; Gail Houser, 1977; Brittney Hawks, 2001) who hit the 19-rebound mark. Jennifer Grey holds the school record with 22 rebounds in a game, having done it twice in 1975. McCall's contribution wasn't limited to the boards as she scored 18 points tying her with Lindsey Egeland for the team high point total.
The 10th seeded Cougars will open the Pac-10 Tournament against No. 7 seed USC, Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Friday's contest - and any ensuing games the Cougars may play in San Jose - will air live on KRPL AM 1400, Moscow, Idaho in addition to being carried live on the net at wsucougars.com. Alex Webster will be calling the action with the USC pre-game airing at 6:15 p.m. The winner of the USC-WSU game will play No. 2 seed Washington, Saturday at 11 a.m.
In a vote of the 10 conference coaches, Washington junior guard Giuliana Mendiola was named the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year, Arizona's Shawntinice Polk was selected as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.