Arizona’s Shaina Pellington named 2023 Pac-12 Co-Most Improved Player of the Year, presented by Nextiva
One of two winners of the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year award, Shaina Pellington is averaging personal bests in points (13.4), assists (3.7), steals (1.9) and field goal percentage (.542). She is sixth in the Conference in assists, third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.17), third in in steals and fifth in field goal percentage. Pellington's field goal percentage is also 41st nationally, but fourth best among guards. In a defining performance, she scored a career-high 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting (.722) with eight rebounds and five steals in a win over then-No. 4 Utah on Feb. 17. One of two players nationally to have a 35-point, eight-rebound, five-steal performance this season (Aneesah Morrow, DePaul), Pellington became the first in the Pac-12 to do it since Washington's Kelsey Plum had 44 points, nine rebounds and five steals against Boise State on Dec. 11, 2016.