Pacific’s Peacon Named to Big West All Women’s Basketball Tournament Team
Pacific forward Danielle Peacon was named to the All-Tournament Team of the ampm Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday, following the championship contest. The 6-3 freshman from Sparks, Nev. tallied 28 points in two games, as Pacific advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2004.
Peacon led the Tigers in the tournament with her 14.0 points per game to go with 13 total rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals.
She tallied 17 points in Pacific's semifinal loss to No. 1 seed Cal Poly, grabbing seven boards and blocking a pair of shots. Peacon connected on seven-of-15 from the floor and picked up three steals. In Tuesday's quarterfinal win at UC Santa Barbara, Peacon scored 11 points and hauled in six rebounds, as the Tigers dominated the glass against a Gaucho team that entered leading the Big West in rebounding margin. She posted a pair of blocks and hit two three-pointers, including one to draw the Tigers within six points as Pacific closed on a 15-2 run to pull away with the 49-45 win.
The win was the Tigers first at UCSB in 24 seasons as the Tigers dropped the No. 2 seed in the tournament and advanced to the semis in Anaheim.
The honor wraps up a stand-out season for the All-Big West Honorable Mention and BWC All-Freshman Team selection. She led Pacific in scoring with 12.2 points per game and steals with 37, while placing second in rebounding at 5.9 per contest.
With 52 blocks, she set a new Tigers single-season freshman record and finished three shy of the Tigers single-season record, becoming one of just for Pacific players to block over 50 shots in a season. After one season, Peacon sits 12th on the Tigers career blocked shots list and moves her into first in the blocks per game category with 1.67.
Peacon's 378 points on the year was the fourth most by a freshman in Pacific program history. The three players with more in their freshman campaigns (Julie Szukalski, Selena Ho and Jane Romberg-Gieger) are first, third and 10th on the Tigers all-time scoring list.
She also set the Tigers freshman record for offensive rebounds with 75 on the season. She opened her 2010-11 campaign with a career-high 33 points and 18 rebounds, setting a new Pacific freshman single-game scoring record. For the season, Peacon scored in double-figures in 22 of 31 games, including a season-long streak of five-straight to close the season. She posted six games with 20 or more points and tallied four double-doubles.
"I'm extremely proud of Danielle and happy for her to receive this honor," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "She is a tremendous competitor. We asked a lot of her this season, and we'll ask more of her in the future. But I think this honor and this week's experience will motivate her to keep working and be the best she can be.
"And that's true for all our players," Roberts continued. "With five freshmen and sophomores in our starting lineup, I think this Big West tournament was a positive experience for our young team. This is a group that wants to get back here, wants to advance further, and wants to win a conference title."
The Tigers will return eight of their 10 letter-winners from 2010-11 for next season, including seven of the team's top eight scorers. The Tigers will lose senior guard Jennifer Fath and senior forward Andrea Swanson to graduation, along with Claire McLeod and Arielle White, seniors who did not see action this season due to injuries.
Paige Mintun (UC Davis), Heidi Heintz (UC Davis), Rachel Clancy (Cal Poly), Abby Bloetscher (Cal Poly), and Tre'Shonti Nottingham (UC Riverside) joined Peacon on the All-Tournament Team. UC Davis defeated Cal Poly in the Saturday's final after ending the season of Pacific (9-22) Friday with a 70-55 win in the semis.