Temi Fagbenle Named to All-Pac-12 Team; Courtney Jaco Earns All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention|
Feb. 29, 2016
USC women's basketball has landed two standout Trojans on the All-Pac-12 awards lists for 2015-16. In her first and only season as a Trojan, forward Temi Fagbenle has secured a place on the All-Pac-12 Team as well as Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention. Junior guard Courtney Jaco joins Fagbenle on the honor roll in grabbing All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Temi Fagbenle joined the Women of Troy this season after finishing her undergraduate degree at Harvard. In her last season of eligibility as a USC graduate student. Fagbenle has stood tall as a Trojan and is a team captain who now boasts a spot on the prestigious All-Pac-12 Team. Her place among the conference's top-15 players is well-deserved. Fagbenle has recorded nine double-doubles as a Trojan, while leading the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg), blocks (1.2 bpg) free throws made (89) and minutes played (29.9 mpg) and coming in at No. 2 in steals. She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week earlier this season after helping lead USC to an upset win over ranked crosstown rival UCLA. Her presence helped USC open the year with 12 straight wins, marking the best season start for the Women of Troy since 1982-83. Through the regular season, Fagbenle has scored in double figures in 22 games, with 11 double-digit rebounding days. In the nation, Fagbenle ranks No. 50 in the nation with her 52.5% scoring.
The full-time starter also has interrupted opposing offenses enough to earn the right to Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention. Fagbenle averages 1.8 steals per game and has hauled in 164 defensive rebounds while serving up 37 blocks on the defensive end. Her numbers in conference play are even stronger. She's averaged 14.3 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the floor during Pac-12 play.
Courtney Jaco has long been a warrior for the Trojans, but this season in particular she has stepped up and shouldered the load when her team needed her most to help earn her first award of All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Jaco took over the point guard position during Pac-12 play and also maintained her dominance from beyond the arc. She leads the team in steals (1.8 spg), is providing 2.1 assists per game and is perfect from the free-throw line with a 21-for-21 effort to date. From 3-point land, Jaco has eclipsed her personal best with 66 threes made so far, marking the fifth most in a single season by a Trojan. Her career count has also climbed, as she now ranks No. 5 all-time with 139 career threes. She's just behind Fagbenle in on-court action, too, averaging 29.6 minutes per game. In the nation, Jaco ranks No. 65 in the nation with her 65 threes made, and she's No. 70 in the land with her 37.5& effort from 3-point range. Jaco's other career conference honors have been 2015 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention and 2014 Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.
Fagbenle and Jaco now turn to team up with their fellow Trojans as the No. 8 seeded team in the coming 2016 Pac-12 Tournament. USC (18-12) will open up against Washington State in the tournament's first round at 6 p.m. on Thursday (March 3) at KeyArena in Seattle.