Redlands native earns All-Northwest Conference honors

After a season that saw her lead Pacific in scoring and rebounding and rank among the conference leaders in both categories, Pacific guard Amy Pedersen, a seniour out Redlands, has been honored by conference coaches with selection to the All-Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Team.

It is the second straight season that Pedersen has earned all-conference accolades.  She was an honorable mention selection during the 2006-07 season.

“Amy is an outstanding competitor that has helped this women’s basketball program tremendously for the past four years,” said Pacific Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sharon Rissmiller.  “To have as many double-double games as she had this season, and in her career, is a true testament to how hard she works on the court at all times.

“It has truly been a privilege to be able to coach Amy this year.  She definitely deserves all-league honors as she is not only a great basketball player, but she’s an outstanding student, a quality lady and a phenomenal representative of Pacific University.”

Pedersen provided much of the offensive punch for the Boxers, who adjusted to a new offensive system in Rissmiller’s first season.  Pedersen led the Boxers with averages of 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.  She finished the season ranked second in the league in rebounding and third in scoring.

In addition, Pedersen proved to be a presence both inside and outside.  While finishing second for the Boxers with her .431 field goal percentage, Pedersen led Pacific with 1.70 three-pointers made per game and 124 three-point attempts.  She finished the season with nine double-doubles, tying her with Lewis & Clark’s Crystal Castle for most in the conference.

Pedersen led the Boxers in scoring on 12 different occasions and posted four efforts of 20 points per better.  In the second game of the season, Pedersen went off for 27 points on 12 of 20 shooting as the Boxers feel just short in a 66-61 loss to Westminster (Utah), a nationally ranked NAIA Division I program.

Pedersen posted a career high of 29 points, also on 12 of 20 shooting from the field and a 5 of 10 effort from three-point range, in a loss to Morningside (Iowa) played on Dec. 20 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The scoring performance came just hours after Pedersen stepped off the plane from Oregon.

Throughout the season, Pedersen has excelled despite balancing a very strenuous academic schedule.  She is currently finishing course work for her bachelor’s degree in biology, while at the same time taking first year classes in Pacific’s College of Optometry.

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West Region rankings – Feb. 27




1. Alaska-Anchorage
2. Cal State San Bernardino
3. Seattle Pacific
4. Chaminade (Hawaii)
5. Central Washington
6. Humbdolt State
7. Brigham Young-Hawaii
8. Seattle University
9. CS Dominguez Hills
10. UC San Diego


1. Seattle Pacific
2. Chico State
3. Cal State San Bernardino
4. Alaska-Anchorage
5. UC San Diego
6. Sonoma State
7. Northwest Nazarene
8. Central Washington
9. St. Martins
10. Seattle University

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UCR’s Cunningham honored by Big West

The Big West Conference announced Monday that UC Riverside senior guard Larry Cunningham has been named Big West Player of the Week for his performances last week. Cunningham became UCR’s all-time leading scorer with his 31-point effort against Hawaii on Saturday and had a team-high 21 points in the win over UC Irvine on Wednesday.

Cunningham (Downey, CA/ Downey HS) passed Howard Lee with his first of two free-throw makes at the 1:10 mark of the second half of UCR’s ESPNU BracketBuster game with Hawaii to move into first place on the all-time scoring list.

He now has 1,390 career points and picks up his second career Player of the Week award after shooting 16 of 28 (57.1%) from the floor and finishing 17 of 19 (87.5%) from the free-throw line during the week. Cunningham averaged 26.0 PPG in the team’s two wins as the Highlanders continue to move closer to earning a spot in the Big West postseason tournament.

The Highlanders return to action this Thursday, traveling to face Cal Poly at 7:30 p.m.

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