March 4, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State freshman guard Lia Galdeira earned three All-Pac-12 Conference accolades from Pac-12 media members, the conference office announced Monday.
As voted on by the Pac-12 media, Galdeira was selected to the All-Pac-12 team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team after leading all freshmen in scoring during conference play at 14.8 ppg and leading all players with 49 steals. Galdeira, a unanimous All-Freshman team selection, led WSU in scoring in 15 of the 18 conference games including three straight 20-point performances during a four-game winning streak earlier this season. Galdeira, a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection, was the only freshman voted on to the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams.
Galdeira enters the Pac-12 Conference Tournament sharing the lead as the country's top-scoring freshman at 14.7 ppg, seventh in the Pac-12, and paces the conference in steals (81). The Kamuela, Hawaii native leads the Cougars in scoring, rebounding (5.3 rpg), steals and is third in assists. Galdeira owns WSU freshman single-season records for points (426) and games scored in double-figures (26). She has tallied four 20+ scoring efforts including a WSU freshman-record 33-point performance in the season-opener at the University of Minnesota.
It is the fourth year of the Pac-12 media awards and are in addition to the Conference awards voted on by the league coaches, which will be announced on Wednesday. The panel included local and national media members.
Washington State will face Arizona State University 6 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament held at KeyArena in Seattle.
2013 Pac-12 Media All-Pac-12 Brittany Boyd, CAL; Gennifer Brandon, CAL; Alyssia Brewer, UCLA; Michelle Plouffe, UTAH; Layshia Clarendon, CAL; Jazmine Davis, WASH; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Cassie Harberts, USC; Chucky Jeffery, COLO; Kristi Kingma, WASH; Atonye Nyingifa, UCLA; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Joslyn Tinkle, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA; Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ.
2013 Media All-Defensive Team (six members because of a tie for the fifth spot) Brittany Boyd, CAL; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Eliza Pierre, CAL; Joslyn Tinkle, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA.
2013 Pac-12 Media All-Freshman Team Jillian Alleyne, ORE; Lia Galdeira, WSU; Arielle Roberson, COLO; Talia Walton, WASH; Jamie Weisner, OSU.