Pacific Incoming Women's Basketball Players Finish Award-Winning Campaigns
April 8, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - A trio of incoming women's basketball players to the Pacific program wrapped up their high school careers, earning a multitude of honors and accolades. Guards Claire Conricode (Bothel, Wash.), Hailie Eackles (Sunnyvale, Calif.), and Kristina Johnson (Santa Monica, Calif.) will join the Tigers for 2011-12.
Eackles, a 5-9 All-State guard from Pinewood High School in Los Altos, Calif., earned her second-straight D-5 State Player of the Year award as she led Pinewood (28-5) to a second-straight Division V state championship last week, scoring 31 points in the title game against St. Bernard, her third 30-point game of the tournament and eighth 30-point outburst of the season.
She wrapped her senior campaign with San Francisco Chronicle and Mercury News Player of the Year honors, after averaging 26.7 and 10.4 rebounds in seven postseason games, carrying the Panthers to CCS, NorCal and state titles.
The co-Most Valuable Player of the West Bay League, Eackles averaged 23.7 points per game with 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest for the season. Her senior year finished much like her junior, as she repeated as San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year, D-5 State Player of the Year, and West Bay League MVP.
Conricode, a 5-10 guard from Bothel, Wash., led Holy Names Academy in Seattle to 3A state title, scoring 20 points in the state championship game against previously undefeated Prairie to cap an undefeated season. The win earned Holy Names a No. 2 state ranking and a No. 16 rank in the West by ESPN-Rise.
She earned Most Valuable Player honors in the WIAA State Championship, averaging 13 points per game on the year. Conricode was a First Team Seattle All-Metro selection, and First Team All-Washington pick.
Johnson, a 5-5 point guard from Santa Monica, Calif. led her squad to the Sweet 16 of the CIF State Playoffs, as Santa Monica High School upset the No. 3 team in the nation, Long Beach Poly, en route.
The pass-first point guard was named First Team All-Ocean League, averaging nine points per game, including a season-high 24 points against Palos Verdes.
The trio will join the Pacific Tigers program for the 2011-12 season. Pacific stands to lose guards Jennifer Fath, Claire McLeod and Arielle White and forward Andrea Swanson to graduation this spring.