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Ogwumike, Stewart, Sims lead All-America team

April 01. 2014 11:14PM
By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer

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Chiney Ogwumike says she’s humbled to be an All-American again.

Stanford’s senior forward was honored as a member of The Associated Press women’s basketball All-America team for the second straight season, this time as an unanimous selection. Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims were also on all 36 ballots selected by the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25.

They were joined on the first team by Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.

It’s the seventh straight season with at least one unanimous choice. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma has a pretty good five of his own at UConn, including Stewart. The other four starters on his undefeated team garnered All-America votes, marking only the second time since the AP picked teams that a school has had five players selected. Seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley made the second team, while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson were honorable mention.

The Huskies also did it in 2002.

Stewart has been the most consistent of the starting five, averaging nearly 20 points and eight rebounds.

While it’s the sophomore’s first appearance on the All-America team, Sims made it for the second straight season. Baylor’s sensational senior had an incredible year. She averaged 28 points to become only the second player ever to score more than 1,000 in a single season. She fell just eight points short of Jackie Stiles record of 1,062 points.

While Sims was a one-person show at times, McBride had help in guiding Notre Dame to its undefeated record. The senior guard averaged 17.4 points for the Irish, with sophomore Jewell Loyd earning second team honors and senior Natalie Achonwa making third team.

Thomas has saved her best performances for the end of her college career. She averaged a double-double this season with more than 18 points and nearly 11 rebounds a game to get Maryland to the regional final. She had a career-high 33 points in a Sweet 16 victory over Tennessee that got the Terps back to the Elite Eight.

Joining Hartley, Dolson and Loyd on the second team were Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel and Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper.

The third team includes South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell, Penn State’s Maggie Lucas, Duke’s Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams and Achonwa.

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