March 5, 2004
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Washington State senior forward Bianca McCall was named as an All-Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Honorable Mention selection, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday, March 4.
In addition to McCall's selection, freshman Kate Benz garnered an honorable mention nod to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
McCall, who leads the Cougars in scoring with a 12.8 points per game average, earned her second consecutive honorable mention accolade. McCall enters this weekend's Pacific-10 Conference Tournament on a tear as the Santa Rosa, Calif., native is averaging 20.8 points a game in her last four contests. She has recorded 16 games scoring in double figures this season improving her career total in that category to 37.
Two games highlighted McCall's season, most recently her outing against Arizona, Feb. 26 at Pullman. McCall recorded a double-double with game-highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a near upset of the Wildcats.
McCall's 18 boards, which tied for 10th on the school's all-time single game rebounding list, was the top rebounding performance by a Pac-10 player for those week's games and was just one shy from her career-high. In addition, her 24 points tied for her second-best career scoring effort.
McCall's 24 points against Arizona was only bettered by her career-best 29-point outing at Stanford, Jan. 31. McCall made a career-high 11 field goals en route to posting the game-high point total. The 29-point effort was the highest point total by a Cougar since Feb. 24, 2000 when Alke Dietel scored 30 points at, coincidentally, Stanford.
Benz finished the season leading the Cougars in rebounds (6.6/game) and double-doubles (3). The freshman from Portland, Ore., pulled down 19 rebounds against San Diego State, Dec. 22, to tie her for sixth on the school's all-time list for rebounds in a game. Benz tallied nine offensive and 10 defensive boards before fouling out with 3:15 left.
Benz, who posted nine double-digits scoring games during the season, recorded her third double-double of the season with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA, Feb. 8. The performance against the Bruins marked Benz's third double-double in a five-game span. Benz finished the regular season tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in double-doubles.
WSU, seeded 10th in the Pac-10 Conference Tournament at HP Pavilion, opens the event tonight against No. 7 seed Oregon State. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.