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WBCA Announces 2015 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team

The ten member 2015 WBCA Division All-American Team

The ten member 2015 WBCA Division All-American Team.

From the WBCA:

TAMPA BAY (April 4, 2015) – Five players competing in the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four are represented on the 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team, which the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today in a ceremony held at Amalie Arena during the 2015 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 2015 WBCA National Convention.

Here are the members of the 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team:

Name Institution
Year
Position
Height 
Brittany Boyd University of California
Senior
Guard
5’9”
Nina Davis Baylor University
Sophomore
Forward
5’11”
Moriah Jefferson University of Connecticut
Junior
Guard
5’7”
Samantha Logic University of Iowa
Senior
Guard
5’9”
Jewell Loyd University of Notre Dame
Junior
Guard
5’10”
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis University of Connecticut
Senior
Forward
5’11”
Tiffany Mitchell South Carolina University
Junior
Guard
5’9”
Breanna Stewart University of Connecticut
Junior
Forward
6’4”
Elizabeth Williams Duke University
Senior
Center
6’3”
Amanda Zahui B. University of Minnesota
Sophomore
Center
6’5”

“The 10 members of the 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are well deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for their achievements this season,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These young women have separated themselves and through their efforts, have become ambassadors for our game. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have elevated the women’s game to an exciting new level.”

This is the 41st 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 41-year history of the program, none of the 410 Coaches’ All-Americans thus far honored have failed to appear for the announcement.

Brittany Boyd. Boyd earned WBCA All-America honors after a stellar senior campaign in which she helped lead the California Golden Bears to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a 25-10 record overall. Throughout her senior season, Boyd’s versatility was on full display as she averaged 13.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. The Berkeley, Calif. native also led the nation with two triple-doubles this season. The senior guard is the NCAA’s active career steals leader with 353. Boyd is the only current player, and the first player in Pac-12 history, to register at least 1,400 points, 700 rebounds, 600 assists and 300 steals in a career.

Nina Davis. Davis is one of two sophomores named to the 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team.  The Big 12 Conference Player of the Year led the league in points per game (20.9), field-goal shooting (58.6 percent), double-doubles (11) and offensive rebounds (3.6 per game). In her first two seasons as a Lady Bear she has collected 1,288 points and grabbed 617 rebounds. Davis is averaging 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Davis has assisted Baylor in a second place national ranking in assists per game (20.9), fourth in assist turnover ratio (2.3) and fourth in rebound margin (11.6).

Moriah Jefferson. Jefferson was a source of efficiency for Connecticut while running the point for the nation’s top scoring team. The junior guard was fourth on the team with 12.3 points per game on 59.5 percent shooting, while leading the team with 4.9 assists per game. Jefferson, a native of Glenn Heights,
Texas, was particularly effective taking care of the ball, averaging just 1.6 turnovers per game. Her assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.12 is the fifth-best mark in the nation. Defensively, Jefferson helped anchor the nation’s top defense with a team-best 2.5 steals per game.

Samantha Logic. Logic earned her spot on the WBCA All-America team after guiding one of the nation’s top offenses in Iowa. The senior point guard scored a career-best 13.4 points per game while also pulling down 6.9 rebounds per game and 8.1 assists per game. Logic’s 8.1 assists per game is third best in the nation. The Racine, Wis. native also led the nation with two triple-doubles on the year. With Logic at the point guard position, Iowa’s offense ranked sixth in scoring offense at 79.5 points per game,  eighth in field goal percentage at 45.6 percent and third in three-point field goal percentage at 39.4 percent. Defensively, Logic led the team with 1.9 steals per game.

Jewell Loyd. The two-time WBCA All-American led the Atlantic Coast Conference in 20-point games this season with 19, which is second most in school history. Loyd also recorded a school-record four 30-point games this year.  She is second on Notre Dame’s single-season scoring list with 738 points and is second in the ACC in scoring on the season with 20 points per game. The ACC Player of the Year is averaging 20  points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Notre Dame is second in the nation in field-goal percentage (49.8), fourth in scoring margin (21.4) and fifth in scoring offense (80.9), as well as three-point field-goal percentage (38.5).

Tiffany Mitchell. Mitchell made the WBCA All-America team for the second consecutive year after averaging 14.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from the three-point line. Mitchell, the SEC Player of the Year, is the first South Carolina player to be named a two-time WBCA All-America team member. The junior guard helped lead South Carolina to its first-ever NCAA Final Four while playing particularly well against the nation’s best teams. In games against nationally ranked opponents, Mitchell averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. The Charlotte, N.C. native also helped lead South Carolina’s highly-ranked defense with 1.8 steals per game.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. After posting 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, Mosqueda-Lewis made her second career WBCA All-America team, previously making the team in her sophomore season in 2012-13. The senior out of Anaheim Hills, Calif. has made a career out of terrorizing her opponents from beyond the arc, making 45 percent of her three point attempts for her career. Mosqueda-Lewis is also the NCAA’s all-time career leader in three-pointers made, with 393 currently to her name. During this season, Mosqueda-Lewis has been especially impressive from deep, making a career-best 118 three-pointers on 50 percent shooting.

Breanna Stewart. Stewart the Albany Regional’s Most Outstanding Player and American Athletic Conference Player of the Year is 11th on Connecticut’s all-time scoring list with 1,927 career points. The North Syracuse, N.Y. native is fifth in Husky history with 280 career blocks.  Stewart is averaging 17.6 points per game, shooting 54 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.  She is also averaging 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The two-time WBCA All-American has helped guide the Huskies to the nation’s top ranking in several categories including scoring offense (90.2), scoring defense (48.2), field-goal percentage (54.3), three-point field goal percentage (40.9), assists per game (21.6) and blocked shots per game (8.0).

Elizabeth Williams. Williams earned WBCA All-America distinctions after averaging 14.5 points per game and a career-best 9.0 rebounds per game. For the year, Duke’s defense smothered opponents, holding its competition to just 30.6 percent shooting, which ranked fourth in the nation. Williams was a key cog for Duke’s defense, ranking 12th nationally with 3.0 blocks per game. Williams also is the first player in ACC history to be named to the AP All-America team all four years. For her career, Williams racked up 1,955 points, 1,078 rebounds and 426 blocks.

Amanda Zahui B. Zahui B. was a consistent force while leading Minnesota to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. The sophomore center was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and is a finalist for the Naismith Award and Wade Trophy after averaging 18.8 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game this season. The Stockholm, Sweden native ranked fourth in the nation in both rebounds per game and blocks per game, while also ranking in the top 15 nationally in field goal percentage at 55.5 percent. Additionally, Zahui B. finished the year with 24 double-doubles, the third most in the nation, while also leading the nation with two triple-doubles. Zahui B.’s 135 blocked shots are a single-season school record, surpassing the previous best mark of 105 blocks by Zahui B. in 2013-14.

2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions:

Name Institution
Year
Pos.
Height
Danielle Ballard Louisiana State University
Junior
Guard
5’9”
Stacey Barr University of Idaho
Senior
Guard
5’8”
Crystal Bradford Central Michigan University
Senior
Guard
6’0”
Lexie Brown University of Maryland
Sophomore
Guard
5’9”
Adut Bulgak Florida State University
Junior
Center
6’4”
Marquelle Dent University of Wyoming
Junior
Guard
5’7”
Blake Dietrick Princeton University
Senior
Guard
5’10”
Aundrea Gamble Arkansas State University
Junior
Guard
5’9”
Chelsea Gardner University of Kansas
Senior
Forward
6’3”
Chastity Gooch Western Kentucky University
Senior
Forward
6’0”
Alexis Govan Western Kentucky University
Senior
Guard
5’10”
Allisha Gray University of North Carolina
Sophomore
Guard
6’0”
Reshanda Gray University of California
Senior
Forward
6’3”
Ruth Hamblin Oregon State University
Junior
Center
6’6”
Dearica Hamby Wake Forest University
Senior
Forward
6’4”
Aliyyah Handford St. John’s University
Junior
Guard
5’9”
Isabelle Harrison University of Tennessee
Senior
Center
6’3”
Andrea Hoover University of Dayton
Senior
Guard
5’9”
Bria Holmes West Virginia University
Junior
Guard
6’1”
Brittany Hrynko DePaul University
Senior
Guard
5’8”
Niya Johnson Baylor University
Junior
Guard
5’8”
Ashia Jones University of Tennessee at Martin
Sophomore
Forward
6’1”
Jonquel Jones George Washington University
Junior
Forward
6’5”
Brianna Kiesel University of Pittsburgh
Senior
Guard
5’7”
Sina King University of Akron
Senior
Forward
6’0”
Brittney Martin Oklahoma State University
Junior
Guard
6’0”
Kelsey Minato United States Military Academy
Junior
Guard
5’8”
Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State University
Freshman
Guard
5’8”
Nikki Moody Iowa State University
Senior
Guard
5’8”
Mimi Mungedi University of Nevada
Senior
Center
6’8”
Amber Orrange Stanford University
Senior
Guard
5’8”
Tyonna Outland California State University, Bakersfield
Senior
Guard
5’9”
Kelsey Plum University of Washington
Sophomore
Guard
5’8”
Aerial Powers Michigan State University
Sophomore
Forward
6’0”
Daisha Simmons Seton Hall University
Senior
Guard
5’10”
Ka-Deidre Simmons Seton Hall University
Senior
Guard
5’8”
Brianna Turner University of Notre Dame
Freshman
Forward
6’3”
Courtney Walker Texas A&M University
Junior
Guard
5’8”
Deanna Weaver Boise State University
Senior
Guard
5’11”
Aleighsa Welch University of South Carolina
Senior
Forward
6’0”
Courtney Williams University of South Florida
Junior
Guard
5’8”
A’ja Wilson University of South Carolina
Freshman
Forward
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.

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