Brittany Boyd and Jazmine Davis are childhood friends who’ve battled head-to-head as point guards since bitty ball. Davis said she’s never defeated her friendly rival, including crushing defeats in state tournament runs.
The losing continued in college when Boyd’s California beat Washington 71-47 in January. But a panel of Pac-12 media saw more in Davis’ performance at Washington, giving the Bay Area product the Freshman of the Year nod over Boyd.
Davis, who’s 5-foot-8, is the Huskies’ second leading scorer by just 0.1 points per game, averaging 16.2 points. She is the Pac-12’s highest-scoring freshman and the fourth-highest scoring freshman in the NCAA. She has helped UW to 16 wins on the season, the most since winning 18 in 2006-07. The team’s eight Conference wins are the most since the 2007-08 campaign.
UW first-year coach Kevin McGuff campaigned for Davis to win the award, discussing the challenging position and how “coachable” Davis has been during a trying season. The Huskies were rocked by injuries, senior Kristi Kingma’s knee injury moving Davis into the starting lineup.
C Regina Rogers was named to the media’s 15-member All-Pac12 team, benefiting the most from Davis running the offense. Rogers averaged 16.3 points on 60.8 percent shooting this season. A 6-3 post, she tallied 10 double-double this season.
For the other awards, No. 2 Stanford star Nnemkadi Ogwumike was chosen Pac-12 Player of the year and co-Defensive Player of the Year with Southern California’s Briana Gilbreath. Oregon State’s Scott Rueck was voted Coach of the Year.
You can click here for the remainder of the media’s picks. The coaches’ honors are expected to be released on Tuesday. The Pac-12 tournament opens Wednesday at noon with Washington facing Oregon at USC’s Galen Center.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Washington freshman PG Jazmine Davis provided by the school.