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Four Stanford women earn All-Pac-12 hoop honors

 

Amber Orrange, Lili Thompson, Bonnie Samuelson and Kaylee Johnson each received recognition from the league's coaches when the All-Pac-12, All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams were announced by the conference office on Tuesday.

Orrange was named to both the All-Pac-12 squad and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, Thompson earned her first All-Pac-12 nod, Samuelson was picked All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Johnson earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.

Stanford now has 68 Pac-12 All-Conference honorees and 28 Pac-12 All-Freshman selections all-time, both the top totals in league history.

Orrange headlines the class with her selection as both an All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive performer. It's her third time playing her way onto the 15-member All-Pac-12 Team and the Houston, Texas native is now among 13 Stanford greats to have appeared on that squad in at least three seasons on The Farm.

Orrange, who was named Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention as a junior, moved up to the six-member Pac-12 All-Defensive Team this season after leading Stanford in steals for the third consecutive campaign. She's the first Cardinal guard to make the full Pac-12 All-Defensive Team since Rosalyn Gold-Onwude in 2010.

The senior, averaging career bests in points (12.9) and rebounds (4.0), is one of just five Stanford players with 1,000 career points and 500 assists, joining Jennifer Azzi, Sonja Henning, Jeanette Pohlen and Nicole Powell. Orrange's 1,336 career points rank 24th all-time at Stanford and her 531 assists are seventh.

Thompson earned her first selection to the All-Pac-12 squad in her sophomore season. She is Stanford's leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, 10th in the Pac-12, and leads the team with 23 games scoring in double figures this season, including five 20-point efforts.

Thompson was named espnW National Player of the Week on Nov. 23. On Nov. 24, she added to that accolade by being tabbed as Pac-12 Player of the Week for her performances in the Cardinal's games against Connecticut and Texas in which she averaged 26.0 points and 5.5 rebounds.

As accomplished in the classroom as she is on the court, Thompson was selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team in early February, one of only five Division I underclassmen in the entire country to receive such recognition.

Samuelson received notice from the league's coaches for the first time with her All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolade. The elder Samuelson sister has made 222 3-pointers in her four years at Stanford trails only Candice Wiggins (295) and Jeanette Pohlen (268) in Cardinal history. She is also just three shy of cracking the Pac-12's all-time top 10 in that category.

A career 39.5 percent 3-point shooter, Samuelson's 44.3 percent clip this season is ninth in the nation and leads the Pac-12.

She has increased her role this year with a move to the stretch-4 and is averaging career highs in minutes played (23.8), points (9.4), rebounds (2.7), field goal percentage (.441) and 3-point field goal percentage (.443).

Against UCLA on Feb. 15, Samuelson made a career-high eight 3-pointers and led the Cardinal with 24 points. The eight 3-pointers are tied with Candice Wiggins (2007) and Lindsey Yamasaki (1999) for the third-most in Stanford single-game history. Yamasaki (2001) and Molly Goodenbour (1993) own the record of nine.

Johnson was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team after one of the most impressive rebounding seasons in Stanford history. She leads the Cardinal, is second in the Pac-12, 40th in the nation and second among the country's freshmen, averaging 10.0 rebounds per game.

Johnson has grabbed more than 10 boards 15 times and is the second-most prolific freshman rebounder in Stanford history, trailing only Kayla Pedersen (329) among first-year players on The Farm. She's aiming to become just the sixth Stanford women's basketball player to average more than 10 rebounds per game in a single season, joining Chiney Ogwumike (three times), Nicole Powell (11.2; 2003-04), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10.2; 2011-12), Kathy Murphy (10.1; 1977-78) and Jeanne Ruark Hoff (10.0; 1979-80).

The Casper, Wyo. product has had two 22-rebound games this season (Santa Clara and New Mexico) and is one of only five NCAA players to reach that total more than once in 2014-15. Johnson and Chiney Ogwumike are the only Stanford players with multiple 20-rebound games in a career. Ogwumike had four such outings in her four years on The Farm. She's thrice been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Feb. 16) and earned her first USBWA National Freshman of the Week honor on Dec. 16.

The Cardinal, which enjoys a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, will next be in action on Friday at 2 p.m. from KeyArena in Seattle when its matches up with the winner of UCLA and Arizona. That game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Stanford Athletics

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