March 15, 2012
BERKELEY - Junior guard Layshia Clarendon was named one of four WBCA All-Region honorees (for Region Eight) and a nominee for the 2012 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team.
A First Team All-Pac-12 selection, Clarendon is averaging a team-best 12.6 points per game for the Bears this season. She became the most recent member of Cal's 1,000 point club earlier this season and currently ranks No. 12 on the school's career point list with 1,197 points in her 104-game career. The junior scored 20 points to go along with three steals against No. 2 Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game this past Saturday en route to all-tournament honors.
Clarendon is one of four Region Eight honorees, including Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike and Gonzaga's Kayla Standish.
On, Monday, March 19, the selection committee will review the 52 candidates and trim the list to 40 finalists, all of whom will be in the running for selection to the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team.
The selection committee uses an equation to determine a fair number of nominees from each region. The number of Division I institutions in each region is divided by the number of Division I institutions overall to get a percentage for each region. This percentage is then multiplied by 52 (the total number of desired finalists) to get the number of finalists for each region. The 52 All-Region Team members then go before the selection committee, which reduces the list to 40 finalists. These 40 finalists can come from any region. However, per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2008, the selection committee must select 12 finalists from Region 1 and six finalists from Region 4.
The 2012 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team will be announced at 1:05 p.m. MT Saturday March 31, during the NCAA's Super Saturday festivities at the Pepsi Center in Denver.For a complete list of nominees from all eight regions, click here. Eighth-seeded Cal (24-9, 13-4 Pac-12) will face ninth-seeded Iowa (19-11, 11-5 Big Ten) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 18 at 9:10 a.m. PT at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana. The game will be carried live on ESPN2 and streamed online via ESPN3.