Four Waves Earn WCC Basketball All-Academic Honors
Both teams begin play at the WCC Tournament, held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, on Thursday (March 1).
Feb. 27, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Seniors Taylor Darby and Corbin Moore of the Pepperdine men's basketball team became the fourth and fifth three-time West Coast Conference All-Academic first teamers in program history today, while junior Kelsey Patrick and senior Skye Barnett were honored on the women's side.
Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) and Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) both previously earned the honors as sophomores and juniors. They join Steve Clover (1992-94), Keith Jarbo (2004-06) and Gus Clardy (2009-11) as the Waves' other three-time first team honorees.
Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) was chosen to the women's first team for the second straight year. Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) garnered honorable mention notice.
Darby leads the men's team in scoring and ranks 12th in the WCC in scoring at 12.2 points per game. He enters this week's Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships needing just 18 points to become Pepperdine's 37th 1,000-point scorer. Moore is averaging 10.2 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds, with the latter figure ranking him third in the WCC. Both players are four-year starters.
Darby, an integrated marketing major, has also been named to the 2012 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District team, a 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and a 2011 NABC Honors Court recipient. Moore, an economics major, was also a 2011 NABC Honors Court selection. Both players are also three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honorees.
Both Barnett and Patrick are starters for the women's team. Barnett averages 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, while Patrick averages 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Patrick, an advertising major, is a two-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" selection. Barnett, a liberal arts major, is a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" pick.
To qualify for WCC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 grade-point average, appear in at least half of a team's games and have at least sophomore standing.
The other members of the men's first team are: Craig Cusick (BYU), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's), Cody Doolin (San Francisco), Michael Hart (Gonzaga), Beau Levesque (Saint Mary's), Ryan Nicholas (Portland), Justin Raffington (San Francisco) and Jay Wey (San Francisco).
The other selections to the women's first team are: Ashley Armstrong (Santa Clara), Courtney Collishaw (LMU), Meagan Fulps (Santa Clara), Jennifer Hamson (BYU), Kim Parker (BYU), Amy Pupa (Portland), Ricki Radanovich (Santa Clara), Shannon Reader (Gonzaga) and Vania Singleterry (San Francisco).
Both teams begin play at the WCC Tournament, held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, on Thursday (March 1). The women will meet either San Francisco or Loyola Marymount at noon. The men face San Diego at approximately 8 p.m. Both games will be televised by BYUtv. Fans can also listen to the Waves' audio broadcasts at www.pepperdinesports.com and join an interactive live game blog/chat for the men's contest.