Walker makes AP All-Amer­ica team

For­mer Monacan star joined by Ore­gon’s Ionescu, He­bard, Bay­lor’s Cox, UK’s Howard

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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.


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