Three from ACC named to WBCA 2014 Division I Coaches' All-America Team

 

NASHVILLE (April 5, 2014) – Unbeaten’s Connecticut and Notre Dame placed a total of five players on the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team, which the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today in a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 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 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Here are the members of the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team:

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Stefanie Dolson

University of Connecticut

Senior

Center

6’5”

Bria Hartley

University of Connecticut

Senior

Guard

5’8”

Jordan Hooper

University of Nebraska

Senior

Guard

6’2”

Jewell Loyd

University of Notre Dame

Sophomore

Guard

5’10”

Kayla McBride

University of Notre Dame

Senior

Guard

5’11”

Tiffany Mitchell

University of South Carolina

Sophomore

Guard

5’9”

Chiney Ogwumike

Stanford University

Senior

Forward

6'3”

Odyssey Sims

Baylor University

Senior

Guard

5’8”

Breanna Stewart

University of Connecticut

Sophomore

Forward

6’4”

Alyssa Thomas

University of Maryland

Senior

Forward

6’2”

"The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 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 have shown that they are proven leaders and have taken their program to the next level."

This is the 40th 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 40-year history of the program, none of the 400 Coaches' All-Americans thus far honored have failed to appear for the announcement.

Jewell Loyd. Loyd currently ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring (18.8 ppg.), sixth in free throw percentage (.824), ninth in field goal percentage (.524). She also has a team-high 13 20-point games thus far. Loyd has scored in double figures in 41 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in program history, and has a school record-tying three 30-point games to her credit this season. The 5-10 guard is the third-fastest Fighting Irish player ever to score 1,000 career points, doing so in only 67 games. Loyd was one of two underclassmen named to this year’s USBWA All-America Team and was tabbed as an espnW second-team All-American member. The espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 24 is a finalist for the Wade Trophy and the Wooden Award.

Kayla McBride. McBride is averaging career highs in scoring (17.2 ppg.), rebounding (5.2 rpg.), assists (3.9 apg.) and assist/turnover ratio (1.89). She is 12th in the nation and second in the ACC in free throw percentage (.881), fourth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.9), eighth in assists (3.9) and 10th in three-point percentage (.375). In Notre Dame's 13 games against Top 25 opponents this season, McBride is averaging 18.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Versus top-10 teams she is averaging 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The ACC Player of the Year is a finalist for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. The Erie, Pa. native was named to the USBWA All-America Team and was selected as an espnW first-team All-America member.

Alyssa Thomas. Thomas has led this year’s top 10 Maryland squad in scoring (19.1), rebounding (11.0) and assists (4.3). She leads the country with four triple-doubles this year and 28 double-doubles in 34 games. She is one of four players in NCAA history with six triple-doubles. Thomas is Maryland’s all-time leading scorer for men’s and women’s basketball with 2,342 points and is tied for the school rebounding record with 1,229 career boards. She was named the Louisville Regional Most Outstanding Player after leading the Terrapins to their second Final Four under Brenda Frese.

2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions:

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Rachel Banham

University of Minnesota

Junior

Guard

5'9"

Tiffany Bias

Oklahoma State University

Senior

Guard

5'6"

Brittany Boyd

University of California, Berkeley

Junior

Guard

5'9"

Crystal Bradford

Central Michigan University

Junior

Guard

6'0"

Madi Buck

University of North Dakota

Senior

Forward

6'0"

Asya Bussie

West Virginia University

Senior

Center

6'4"

Hallie Christofferson

Iowa State University

Senior

Forward

6’3”

Jerica Coley

Florida International University

Senior

Guard

5'7"

Nina Davis

Baylor University

Freshman

Forward

5'11"

Aaryn Ellenberg

University of Oklahoma

Senior

Guard

5'7"

Christina Foggie

Vanderbilt University

Senior

Guard

5'9"

Chelsea Gardner

University of Kansas

Junior

Forward

6’3”

Markeisha Gatling

North Carolina State University

Senior

Center

6'5"

Chastity Gooch

Western Kentucky University

Junior

Forward

6'0"

Dearica Hamby

Wake Forest University

Junior

Forward

6'3"

Sara Hammond

University of Louisville

Junior

Forward

6'2"

Aliyyah Handford

St. John's University

Sophomore

Guard

5'9"

Cassie Harberts

University of Southern Calif.

Senior

Forward

6'2"

Isabelle Harrison

University of Tennessee

Junior

Center

6'3"

Natasha Howard

Florida State University

Senior

Forward

6’3”

Brittany Hrynko

DePaul University

Junior

Guard

5'7"

Marissa Janning

Creighton University

Sophomore

Guard

5'8"

Jasmine Lister

Vanderbilt University

Senior

Guard

5'4"

Tricia Liston

Duke University

Senior

Guard

6'1"

Samantha Logic

University of Iowa

Junior

Guard

5'9"

Maggie Lucas

Penn State University

Senior

Guard

5'10"

Keena Mays

Southern Methodist University

Senior

Guard

5'7"

Tyonna Outland

California State University

Junior

Guard

5'9"

Jasmine Penny

DePaul University

Senior

Forward

6'1"

Katherine Plouffe

Marquette University

Senior

Forward

6'3”

Michelle Plouffe

University of Utah

Senior

Forward

6'4"

Alexis Rogers

Bowling Green State University

Senior

Forward

6’1”

Ebony Rowe

Middle Tennessee State University

Senior

Forward

6'1"

Shoni Schimmel

University of Louisville

Senior

Guard

5'9"

Meighan Simmons

University of Tennessee

Senior

Guard

5'9"

Kacie Sowell

Seattle University

Senior

Forward

6'2"

DeNesha Stallworth

University of Kentucky

Senior

Forward

6’3”

Rachel Tecca

University of Akron

Senior

Forward

6'1"

Aleighsa Welch

University of South Carolina

Junior

Forward

6'0"

Courtney Williams

University of South Florida

Sophomore

Guard

5'8"

Kayla Woodward

University of Wyoming

Junior

Forward

5’11”

Amanda Zahui B.

University of Minnesota

Freshman

Center

6'5"

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.