Five Pac-10 Women's Basketball Players Receive AP All-American Recognition
March 31, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Five Pac-10 women's basketball players received national All-American recognition from the Associated Press, headlined by STANFORD'S Jayne Appel and CALIFORNIA'S Ashley Walker. Appel was named to the second team, while Walker was picked for the third team. Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson, ARIZONA STATE'S Briann January and ARIZONA'S Ify Ibekwe were Honorable Mention All-Americans. The teams were voted on by a 45-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25 poll.
A 6-4 forward/center, Appel has led the Cardinal to a second-straight trip to the NCAA Final Four after a school-record 46-point performance in the NCAA Berkeley Regional against Iowa State on Monday night. She also grabbed 16 boards and had three blocks in that game. Appel was named the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year and helped Stanford capture it's third-straight Conference regular-season title. Appel is averaging 15.9 points and 9.2 rebound per game heading into the Final Four, ranking second in the league in both categories. She ranks in the top five in the nation in shooting percentage, converting on 60.6 percent of her attempts.
A 6-1 forward/center, Walker led the Golden Bears to their best-ever showing in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 before falling to the No. 1 overall seed, Connecticut over the weekend. Walker has been the Conference's leading scorer for most of the season, averaging 19.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg. She had 20 20-point games, by far the most of any player in the league, including a Conference-high four 40-point games. California was ranked in the top five in the nation in the AP poll for the first time in the history of the program spending five weeks among the top five. Walker was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this season and was named to the All-Defensive team.
Gray-Lawson, a 5-8 junior guard, was Cal's second-leading scorer, averaging 12.2 ppg, while dishing out 3.0 assists per game. She scored a career-high 37 points in the Jan. 18 victory over Stanford in Haas Pavilion on the Bears' campus, helping Cal string together a school-record 12-game win streak. A starter in all 34 games, she helped the Bears' place second in the league standings, earning first team all-conference nods for the first time in her career.
A 5-8 senior guard, January is a two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Sun Devils back to the NCAA's Elite Eight for the second time in three years. Helping ASU finish in a tie for second in the league standings, she has been cited as the heart and soul of the ASU squad, averaging 14.3 ppg in the NCAA Tournament, 2.0 ppg above her overall average, pulling off upsets over 12th-ranked Florida State in the second round and ninth-ranked and second-seeded Texas A&M in the Sweet 16. January was named first team All-Pac-10.
A sophomore 6-1 post player, Ibekwe was also a first team All-Pac-10 selection. She was the only player in the Conference to average a double-double, logging 15.7 ppg and 11.6 rpg. She leads the Pac-10 with 16 double-doubles and is tied with Appel with 17 double-digit rebounding performances. Among the 17 double-digit rebounding games were two 20-rebound, a 19-, an 18- and a 17-rebound outing this season. She ranks sixth in the nation in rebounding average. Ibekwe also earned a spot on the Pac-10's All-Defensive team.
Arizona State takes on UConn this afternoon, Tuesday, March 31 on ESPN with tip-off
scheduled for 4 p.m. PT. The Cardinal await the winner of that game at the Final Four in St. Louis. The national semifinals are scheduled for April 5, with the national champion being crowned on April 7.
Maya Moore, Connecticut, 6-0, sophomore, Lawrenceville, Ga.; Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, 6-4, senior, Piedmont, Calif.; Angel McCoughtry, Louisville, 6-1, senior, Baltimore; Kristi Toliver, Maryland, 5-7, senior, Harrisonburg, Va.; Renee Montgomery, Connecticut, 5-7, senior, St. Albans, W.Va.
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn, 6-4, senior, Fairfield, Ala.; Jayne Appel, Stanford, 6-4, junior, Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Marissa Coleman, Maryland, 6-1, senior, Cheltenham, Md.; Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, sophomore, Cleveland; Tina Charles, Connecticut, 6-4, junior, Jamaica, N.Y.
Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh, 5-10, senior, Orlando, Fla.; Ashley Walker, California, 6-1, senior, Modesto, Calif.; Epiphanny Prince, Rutgers, 5-9, junior, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chante Black, Duke, 6-5, senior, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State, 5-10, junior, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Whitney Boddie, Auburn; Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Sha Brooks, Florida; Kristi Cirone, Illinois State; Robyn Fairbanks, Utah Valley; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Megan Frazee, Liberty; Danielle Gant, Texas A&M; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Allison Hightower, LSU; Ify Ibekwe, Arizona; Briann January, Arizona State; Laura Kurz, Villanova; Shalee Lehning, Kansas State; Lyndra Littles, Virginia; Rashanda McCants, North Carolina; Danielle McCray, Kansas; Mandy Morales, Montana; Deirdre Naughton, DePaul; Ashley Paris, Oklahoma; Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier; Tracy Pontius, Bowling Green; Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State; Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma; Takia Starks, Texas A&M; Morgan Warburton, Utah; Jennifer Warkenthien, South Dakota State; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga; Danielle Wilson, Baylor; Christina Wirth, Vanderbilt; Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Purdue; Monica Wright, Virginia.
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