WBCA Announces 2013 Division I Coaches' All-America Team

WBCA Announces 2013 Division I Coaches' All-America Team

April 6, 2013

NEW ORLEANS Duke and Maryland each placed a student-athlete on the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team, which the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today in a ceremony held at the New Orleans Arena during the 2013 NCAA® Women's Final Four® Super Saturday festivities.

The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2013 WBCA National Convention.

Here are the members of the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team:

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Elena Delle Donne

University of Delaware

Sr.

G/F

6-5

Skylar Diggins

Notre Dame University

Sr.

G

5-9

Stefanie Dolson

University of Connecticut

Jr.

C

6-5

Chelsea Grey

Duke University

Jr.

G

5-11

Brittney Griner

Baylor University

Sr.

P

6-8

Kayla McBride

University of Notre Dame

Jr.

G

5-11

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

University of Connecticut

So.

G

6-0

Chiney Ogwumike

Stanford University

Jr.

F

6-3

Odyssey Sims

Baylor University

Jr.

G

5-8

Alyssa Thomas

University of Maryland

Jr.

F

6-2

"The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2013 Division I Coaches' All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.  "These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament.  Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level."

This is the 39th year of the WBCA Coaches' All-America program, which began in 1975.  Once again all 10 members of the team were present to be honored in person during the ceremony.  Remarkably, in the 39-year history of the program, none of the 390 Coaches' All-Americans thus far honored have failed to appear for the announcement.

Chelsea Gray.  Gray was named to the WBCA Coaches' All-America squad for the first time in her career, after posting one of the best individual seasons in Blue Devil history.  The 2013 ACC Co-Player of the Year by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches averaged 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals prior to dislocating her kneecap against Wake Forest on Feb. 17.  She led the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top five nationally in steals.  Gray was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second straight year, while earning All-ACC Defensive team accolades as a junior.  She is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, USBWA and Naismith National Player of the Year candidate as well.  The 5-11 point guard became the first Duke player to notch two triple-doubles as she collected 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Boston College earlier this season.  Her Blue Devil squad advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, while winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles.  

Alyssa Thomas.  Thomas is the ACC's Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the honor twice.  She expanded her game to lead the ACC in points, rebounds and assists and with 20 double-doubles.  The two-time WBCA Coaches' All-American is the first player in NCAA or WNBA history to average over 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds or 5.0 assists for a season in over 15 years. Thomas notched two triple-doubles this year and is the first Maryland player - male or female - to notch more than one. She earned the first triple-double in ACC Tournament history with a career-high 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in March.

2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team Honorable Mentions:

 

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Natalie Achonwa

University of Notre Dame

Jr.

G

6-3

Katie Baker

University of Montana

Sr.

F

6-0

Rachel Banham

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

So.

G

5-9

Alex Bentley

Penn State University

Sr.

G

5-7

Kelsey Bone

Texas A&M University

Jr.

F/C

6-4

Crystal Bradford

Central Michigan University

So.

G/F

6-0

Gennifer Brandon

University of California - Berkeley

Jr.

F

6-2

Layshia Clarendon

University of California - Berkeley

Sr.

G

5-9

Tiffany Clarke

Vanderbilt University

Sr.

F

6-0

Brittany Chambers

Kansas State University

Sr.

G

5-8

Hallie Christofferson

Iowa State University

Jr.

F

6-3

Courtney Clements

San Diego State University

Sr.

G

6-0

Jerica Coley

Florida International University

Jr.

G

5-8

Aaryn Ellenberg

University of Oklahoma

Jr.

G

5-7

Angel Goodrich

University of Kansas

Sr.

G

5-4

Bashaara Graves

University of Tennessee

Fr.

F/C

6-2

Jasmine Hassell

University of Georgia

Sr.

F

6-2

Tianna Hawkins

University of Maryland

Sr.

F

6-3

Tayler Hill

Ohio State University

Sr.

G

5-10

Jordan Hooper

University of Nebraska

Jr.

F

6-2

Chelsea Hopkins

San Diego State University

Sr.

G

5-8

Chucky Jeffery

University of Colorado

Sr.

G

5-10

Maggie Lucas

Penn State University

Jr.

G

5-10

Tyaunna Marshall

Georgia Institute of Technology

Jr.

G

5-9

A'dia Mathies

University of Kentucky

Sr.

G

5-9

Anna Martin

DePaul University

Sr.

G

5-9

Keena Mays

Southern Methodist University

Jr.

G

5-7

Nadirah McKenith

St. John's University

Sr.

G

5-7

Courtney Osborn

Miami University

Sr.

G

5-10

Theresa Plaisance

Louisiana State University

Jr.

F

6-5

Niveen Rasheed

Princeton University

Sr.

G

6-0

Sugar Rodgers

Georgetown University

Sr.

G

5-11

Ebony Rowe

Middle Tennessee State University

Jr.

F

6-1

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

University of North Carolina

Sr.

G

5-10

Shoni Schimmel

University of Louisville

Jr.

G

5-10

Chaundra Sewell

University of Wyoming

Sr.

F

6-1

Naama Shafir

University of Toledo

Sr.

G

5-7

Meighan Simmons

University of Tennessee

Jr.

G

5-9

Andrea Smith

University of South Florida

Sr.

G

5-8

Shennika Smith

St. John's University

Sr.

G

6-1

Elizabeth Williams

Duke University

So.

C

6-3

Toni Young

Oklahoma State University

Sr.

F

6-2

About the WBCA:

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.