ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Baylor senior center sensation
Brittney Griner became the ninth three-time honoree
and was joined by four other repeat selections on the 2012-13
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's All-America Team
from last season.
Also selected as repeat All-Americans
were Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Notre
Dame's Skylar Diggins, Maryland's Alyssa
Thomas, and Baylor's Odyssey Sims. Additionally,
a first-time sister act has occurred with Stanford's Chiney
Ogwumike, whose sibling Nnemkadi, now with the WNBA Los
Angeles Sparks, was a three-time honoree. Texas A&M's
Kelsey Bone is the school's second player to earn
star Courtney Paris and former UConn great Maya Moore are the only
four-time honorees since the All-America women's team gained USBWA
status in 1996-97.
Because of the upsets in the Sweet 16,
only Notre Dame's Diggins and Connecticut honorees Stefanie
Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who
meet for the fourth time this season in the national semifinals,
will be the only honorees participating in the Women's Final Four
at the New Orleans Arena in Louisiana this weekend.
seniors, Griner, Delle Donne, and Diggins, expected to be the
first three players selected in the WNBA draft on April 15, headline a squad
that also has six juniors and one sophomore.
UConn teammates Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis give the Big East three
representatives on the squad while Baylor teammates Griner and Sims,
who are also past USBWA freshman of the year honorees, give the
Big 12 two representatives.
The Atlantic Coast, Pac-12, Southeastern,
Big Ten and Colonial Athletic Association each have one representative
with Delle Donne being the only honoree from a mid-major school.
Diggins, Griner, Ogwumike, and Lucas were also conference players
of the year, respectively in the Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, and Big
The USBWA Women's All-America Team is the nation's best
ten players, regardless of position, as selected by the USBWA membership
based on regular-season performance. These ten standouts are finalists
for the USBWA's Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as national
player of the year, which will be announced Sunday at the New Orleans
Sports Arena prior to the start of the NCAA semifinals.
Following is the complete 2012-13 USBWA Women's All-America Team:
2012-13 USBWA WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Bone, Texas A&M
Delle Donne, Delaware
Diggins, Notre Dame
||South Bend, Ind.
Lucas, Penn State
By conference: Big East (3); Big
12 (2); ACC (1); Big Ten (1); CAA (1); Pac-12 (1);
By class: Seniors (3); Juniors
(6); Sophomores (1); Freshmen (0).
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956,
has named a women's All-America team since the 1996-97 season.
The association has also named a national player of the year since
1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03,
the USBWA initiated an award for the nation's top freshman.
For more information about the USBWA and its award programs, contact
Executive Director Joe Mitch in the Missouri Valley Conference office
All-time USBWA women's