Walker makes AP All-America team
Former Monacan star joined by Oregon’s Ionescu, Hebard, Baylor’s Cox, UK’s Howard
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
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NEW YORK — Former Monacan star Megan Walker was named one of college basketball’s best.
On Thursday she earned a spot on The Associated Press women’s basketball AllAmerica team.
Walker gave UConn a first-teamer for the seventh consecutive season. Walker, who declared she was entering the WNBA draft and not returning for her senior season, averaged 19.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and shot 47.7% from the field.
“Meg put in a lot of work before and during the season to elevate her game. She transformed herself into being one of our go-tos on the court,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “Megan had an incredible season and this honor is a testament to her hard work.”
Sabrina Ionescu joined an elite group, becoming a three-time All-American.
The Oregon senior shattered the NCAA career triple-double mark and became the first player in college history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. She earned a spot as a unanimous choice from the national media panel that votes on the Top 25 each week.
They were joined on the first team by Oregon teammate Ruthy Hebard, Baylor’s Lauren Cox and Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard.
Ionescu is the eighth player in women’s basketball history to earn AP AllAmerica honors three times. The last was
South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson.
Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Maya Moore are the only other players to earn first-team honors at least three times. Paris and Moore were All-Americans all four years.
Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles.
Hebard was on the receiving end of many of those passes and averaged 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament.
Cox earned first-team honors for the first time. The senior post player averaged 12.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while blocking nearly 2.7 shots a game. She only played in 22 of the Lady Bears 30 games because of a stress reaction in her foot early in the season.
Howard did nearly everything for Kentucky this season. The sophomore guard averaged 23.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and hit 84 3-pointers. She is the Wildcats’ first women’s player to be a first-team All-American.