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Griner, Sims Named WBCA All Americans

NEW ORLEANS (April 6, 2013) -- Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame each placed two players on the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team, which the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today in a ceremony held at the New Orleans Arena during the 2013 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 2013 WBCA National Convention.

Griner was selected to the WBCA All-American team for the third time while Sims earned her second nod.

2013 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team:

Name-Institution, Year, Pos., Height
Elena Delle Donne-University of Delaware, Sr., G/F, 6-5
Skylar Diggins-Notre Dame University, Sr., G, 5-9
Stefanie Dolson-University of Connecticut, Jr., C, 6-5
Chelsea Grey-Duke University, Jr., G, 5-11
Brittney Griner-Baylor University, Sr., P, 6-8
Kayla McBride-University of Notre Dame, Jr., G, 5-11
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis-University of Connecticut, So., G, 6-0
Chiney Ogwumike-Stanford University, Jr., F, 6-3
Odyssey Sims-Baylor University, Jr., G, 5-8
Alyssa Thomas-University of Maryland, Jr., F, 6-2

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2013 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 is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

This is the 39th 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 39-year history of the program, none of the 390 Coaches’ All-Americans thus far honored have failed to appear for the announcement.

Brittney Griner. Griner is the second-highest-scoring player in NCAA history (3,203) and also holds the career records for blocks (748) and dunks (18). She was named the Big 12 Player of the Year for the third straight season, was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth straight season and was selected as the Big 12 Championships’ most outstanding player for the third straight year. Griner is the first NCAA player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots, while she is one of just six players in the NCAA history to surpass 3,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Griner is ranked first in the nation in field-goal percentage (60.7), second in blocked shots per game (4.14).

Odyssey Sims. Through three seasons with Baylor, Sims has scored 1,479 points, which is 10th on Baylor’s career-scoring chart, while having dished out 469 assists. Sims is a three-time All-Big 12 selection and has twice been named to the Big 12 Championships’ all-tournament team, this year being named to the All-Big 12 first team and the Big 12 All-Defensive team. She has helped guide Baylor to a 108-5 record during the past three seasons and a 60-1 record in Big 12 action. The two-time WBCA All-American is second in the nation in assist turnover ratio (2.67), 25th in assists per game (5.8) and 36th in steals per game (2.75). In the Big 12 Sims is fifth in free-throw percentage (.832).


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