Stanford's Orrange eligible for WBCA All-American team


Stanford senior Amber Orrange has been named one of five Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region VIII honorees and will now be placed into consideration for 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team the organization announced Wednesday.

Orrange is joined on the Region VIII squad with four others from the Pac-12 -- Cal's Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray, Oregon State's Ruth Hamblin and Washington's Kelsey Plum.

The selection committee with select a 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team from a list of 52 candidates across the country's eight regions.

It's the latest in a laundry list of accolades for Stanford's senior, who has been on watch lists for the Naismith Trophy (Atlanta Tip-Off Club), Wade Trophy (WBCA), Wooden Award (Los Angeles Athletic Club), Nancy Lieberman Award and Dawn Staley Award at one point or another this season.

Orrange, who finished her academic work at Stanford in science, technology and society a quarter early with the completion of last week's finals, is also a Senior CLASS Award® Finalist.

On March 3, she was selected as both an All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive performer. It was 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 (13.3) 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. Her 1,414 career points rank tied for 20th all-time at Stanford and her 546 assists are seventh.

Orrange's 546 career assists are also currently 14th among active players in the NCAA. She is one of just seven Cardinal to reach the 500-assist plateau, joining Sonja Henning (757), Jennifer Azzi (751), Milena Flores (644), Jamila Wideman (585), Nicole Powell (577) and Jeanette Pohlen (560).

She is coming off a dominating performance in Stanford's victory over No. 5 seed Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Orrange finished with 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to propel the Cardinal into the Sweet 16 for the eighth consecutive season.

The fourth-seeded Cardinal will meet the region's top seed, Notre Dame, in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Friday night in one regional semifinal. That game will tip off at 7 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Not only is she an excellent player, she is cool under fire.

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