AZUSA, Calif.-- After a second place run in its second season in the Pacific West Conference, the Azusa Pacific women’s basketball team (19-8, 16-4) had three players honored on the All-PacWest team, the conference office announced Thursday. Preseason PacWest Player of the Year Kelly Hardeman and Long Beach State transfer Sendy Valles each earned first-team recognition, while junior point guard Allison Greene was named to the second team.
Azusa Pacific was the only PacWest team with three different players in the league’s top-10 in scoring average, with Valles pacing the Cougars with 15.6 points per game. Greene ranked second in the league with 5.6 assists per game, and Hardeman’s 2.3 3-pointers per game were the third most among PacWest players.
“It’s a really great honor for a team to have that many players on the first and second team. It’s not just a testament to Sendy, Kelly, and Allison, it’s a testament for all of the players on the team and everyone’s hard work and dedication from the beginning of the season,” said head coach T.J. Hardeman. “We had a really good year. We would have liked to win the conference championship, but we did some very good things all season and that was a result of what Kelly, Sendy and Allison were able to do for us on a nightly basis. Whether it was Kelly and Sendy scoring and rebounding, or Allison’s defense and passing, all of what they did was crucial to our success, so it was nice to see that other coaches recognized them because they stood out for us every night.”
Academy of Art had a league-high five players named to the all-conference team, with Krystal Forthan earning Player of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year honors. Art U’s Jasmin Guinn was named Defensive Player of the Year, and California Baptist’s Kamile Diaz was named the PacWest Freshman of The Year. Academy of Art’s LaNay Larson rounded out the conference honors as the league’s Coach of the Year. For a complete release on the All-PacWest teams Click Here.
SENDY VALLES: Jr., F, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Milliken HS
Valles excelled in her first season with the program, leading the Cougars in scoring (15.6 points) and rebounds (203) to put Azusa Pacific in contention for the PacWest title. Valles posted a team-high seven double-doubles in her first season, and led the team in scoring on eight separate occasions, including a season-high 32 points against Hawai’i Hilo on Feb. 17. Valles scored 10 or more points in 25 games, and has a run of 17 consecutive games in double figures dating back to a 76-51 win over Holy Names on Jan. 4.
KELLY HARDEMAN: So., F, Manila, Philippines, Faith Academy
Hardeman was named to the All-PacWest team for the second consecutive season after tying for the team-lead with 7.8 rebounds per game while scoring 14.4 points a night. The sophomore forward, who was the conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2013, paced the team in 3-pointers (56) and minutes (815), while blocking 25 shots on the season, second most among Cougars. The sharpshooter finished one 3-pointer away from tying the program’s single-game record when she drained seven treys in a 72-56 road win over Dixie State on Jan. 11. Hardeman eclipsed the 20-point plateau four times throughout the season, and tallied four double-doubles on the year.
ALLISON GREENE: Jr., G, Beaverton, Ore., Southridge HS
Greene orchestrated the PacWest’s most efficient offense, helping the Cougars average 71.1 points a night behind a 41.3 field goal percentage. The Portland State transfer ranked second in the league with 4.7 assists per game, and her 15 points-per-game clip was the sixth highest in the league. Greene registered a season-high 10 assists in a 76-62 defeat of Western Washington at the Crossover Classic on Nov. 22, and paced the Cougars in assists 20 times this season. The junior guard also tied an Azusa Pacific record for free throw percentage in a game when she nailed all 12 of her attempts in a 74-69 win over Dixie State on Jan. 20, a game in which she scored 11 of the Cougars’ final 12 points to help Azusa Pacific close out the Red Storm.