@ACCWBB: Six Named to AP All-America Team


McBride and Thomas each earn First All-America honors by the AP

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas (First Team), Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride (First), Jewell Loyd (Second) and Natalie Achonwa (Third), and Duke’s Elizabeth Williams (Third) and Tricia Liston (Third) were named to the Associated Press’ Women’s Basketball All-America Team, announced Tuesday. The six student-athletes recognized were the most of any conference.

Thomas, a three-time ACC Player of the Year as named by the Blue Ribbon Panel, has earned first team honors for the second time in her career and the third AP All-America Team honor overall.  It is the first time McBride has been recognized with first team honors and second time of her career she has been named to the AP All-America Team. McBride earned AP All-America Third Team accolades following the 2012-13 season.

For Loyd, Achonwa and Liston, it is the first team in each of their careers they have landed a spot on the AP All-America Team, while Williams earns Third Team recognition for the third straight season. Achonwa was an honorable mention selection last season.

For Thomas and Williams, they are among seven players from current ACC teams to be named an Associated Press All-American on three different occasions, joining Alana Beard (Duke), Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), Ivory Latta (UNC), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Ruth Riley (Notre Dame).

The ACC had six players earn AP All-America Honorable Mention honors – Duke’s Chelsea Gray, Florida State’s Natasha Howard, Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, NC State’s Markeisha Gatling and Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby.

First Team

Alyssa Thomas, 6-2, Sr., F, Maryland

Kayla McBride, 5-11, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Second Team

Jewell Loyd, 5-10, So., G , Notre Dame

Third Team

Elizabeth Williams, 6-3, Jr., C/F, Duke

Tricia Liston, 6-1, Sr., G, Duke

Natalie Achonwa, 6-3, Sr., F, Notre Dame

Honorable Mention

Chelsea Gray, 5-11, Sr., G, Duke

Natasha Howard, 6-3, Sr., F, Florida State

Tyaunna Marshall, 5-9, Sr., G, Georgia Tech

Diamond DeShields, 6-1, Fr., G, North Carolina

Markeisha Gatling, 6-5, Sr. C, NC State

Dearica Hamby, 6-3, Jr., F , Wake Forest