Blue, Quinn, Willis Earn AP Honorable Mention All-America Honors
March 28, 2006
UCLA guards Nikki Blue (Bakersfield, Calif.), Noelle Quinn (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Lisa Willis (Long Beach, Calif.) have been selected by the Associated Press as honorable mention All-Americans for 2005-06. This is Blue's second consecutive honor by AP and the first for Quinn and Willis.
Blue became just the fifth woman in Pac-10 history to receive four first-team all-conference honors and was also a finalist for the WBCA/Kodak All-America team for the second consecutive year. She was also named to the mid-season Naismith Award list and the pre-season Wade Trophy and Wooden Award All-America lists. In addition, she became the first player to earn Pac-10 All-Tournament honors four times after leading the Bruins to the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament title. Blue led the Pac-10 in assists with a 5.91 average and was fifth in steals with a 2.09 average. She also ranked fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.418) and in assist/turnover ratio (1.40). She averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and recorded three double-doubles, three 20-point games and scored in double figures in 23 games. Blue finished her Bruin career ranked No. 5 on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,797 points, second on the assist chart with 602 and third on the steals list with 325.
Quinn, a junior, was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, a Pac-10 All-Tournament selection, a finalist for the Kodak/WBCA All-America team, a mid-season Naismith Trophy candidate and a pre-season Wooden Award candidate. She finished the year ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.1 ppg), second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.68) and fourth in assists (3.84 apg). She recorded 10 double-doubles and had 28 double figure scoring games, including 14 20-point games. Quinn earned three Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season, bringing her total to a Pac-10 record-tying eight in her career. She ranks 13th on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,280 career points and 15th in rebounds with 583. Quinn is also a stand-out academically, earning CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honors and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic acclaim.
Willis, a senior, also received first-team All-Pac-10 honors, for the second consecutive year, and was a finalist for the Kodak/WBCA All-America team. She ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 17.8 average, led the conference in steals with a 3.59 average and ranked ninth in assists with a 3.13 average. She finished her career as the Pac-10's all-time steals leader with 372 and the No. 2 three-point field goals leader with 256. Willis also averaged 5.8 rebounds per game to rank second on the Bruin squad this year. She finished her Bruin career ranked ninth on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,677 career points and 12th in career rebounds with 645. Willis earned Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors this season after setting a tournament record with 19 steals and tying the tournament record with 11 three-point shots. She averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 steals in the three tournament games.
2005-06 AP All-American Team
Seimone Augustus, LSU, 6-1, senior, 23.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, .578 fg pct (46 first-team votes, 230 total points).
Ivory Latta, North Carolina, 5-6, junior, 18.4 ppg, 5.0 apg, 77 3-pointers, 67 steals (39, 210).
Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers, 5-9, senior, 21.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 51 3-pointers (36, 207).
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, 6-4, freshman, 21.4 ppg, 15.1 rpg, 111 blocks, .611 fg pct (30, 184).
Sophia Young, Baylor, 6-1, senior, 22.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 67 steals (25, 183).
Jessica Davenport, Ohio State, 6-5, junior, 18.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 91 blocks, .624 fg pct (17, 162).
Monique Currie, Duke, 6-0, senior, 16.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 38 3-pointers (17, 161).
Candice Wiggins, Stanford, 5-11, sophomore, 21.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 62 steals, 79 3-pointers (4, 109).
Candace Parker, Tennessee, 6-3, freshman, 16.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 71 blocks, 52 steals, .553 fg pct (5, 98).
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland, 6-2, sophomore, 16.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, .659 fg pct (3, 89).
Sylvia Fowles, LSU, 6-6, sophomore, 16.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 66 blocks, .623 fg pct (4, 85).
Tasha Humphrey, Georgia, 6-3, sophomore, 19.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 35 steals, .505 fg pct (60).
Khara Smith, DePaul, 6-2, senior, 17.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 66 steals, .585 fg pct (1, 50).
Kim Smith, Utah, 6-1, senior, 19.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 58 steals, 42 3-pointers, .545 fg pct (1, 33).
Candice Dupree, Temple, 6-2, senior, 17.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 67 blocks, .510 fg pct (30).
HONORABLE MENTION (In alphabetical order): Ambrosia Anderson, BYU; La'Tangela Atkinson, North Carolina; Sherill Baker, Georgia; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Melanie Boeglin, Indiana State; Tara Boothe, Xavier; Meg Bulger, West Virginia; LaToya Davis, Texas Tech; Jessica Dickson, South Florida; Megan Duffy, Notre Dame; Katie Gearlds, Purdue; Erin Grant, Texas Tech; Lindsey Harding, Duke; Tiffany Jackson, Texas; Tamara James, Miami; Erlana Larkins, North Carolina; Camille Little, North Carolina; Lyndsey Medders, Iowa State; Leilani Mitchell, Idaho; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Jillian Robbins, Tulsa; Liz Shimek, Michigan State; Brooke Smith, Stanford; Ann Strother, Connecticut; Shona Thorburn, Utah; Tasha Williams, Louisiana Tech; Lisa Willis, UCLA; Shanna Zolman, Tennessee.