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    UConn's Bird named Player of the Year; Duke's Goestenkors, Top Coach; UVa's Teamer, Top Rookie

    by Dave Wohlhueter

    sue bird Yes, the University of Connecticut would win a bunch of basketball games without star senior guard Sue Bird. But, the 5-9 backcourt ace is the glue that holds the Huskiesą lineup, together and for that reason, in addition to being an outstanding player, Bird is the Player of the Year. She is the second consecutive Big East player to win the award, following Notre Dame graduate Ruth Riley from last year's national champions.

    Bird averaged 13.7 points per game during the season, and handed out 5.9 assists per outing. She made 54 three-point baskets, and converted 92.9 percent of her foul shots. She was named Big East Player of the Year and followed up that accolade by being selected as the Naismith Player of the Year.

    Joining Bird on the All-America first team are: Duke sophomore Alana Beard, Vanderbilt junior Chantelle Anderson, Oklahoma senior Stacey Dales, and Stanford sophomore Nicole Powell.

    Beard is one of the constants on a young Duke team that went through the entire ACC schedule--both the regular season and ACC tournament--undefeated. The 5-11 sophomore averaged 19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.2 steals per game. She was the first sophomore to ever win the ACC Player of the Year Award.

    Anderson, the only returnee on the first team, helped Vanderbilt win the SEC tournament, and the 6-6 junior was the SEC Player of the Year. She averaged 20.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and shot 65.9 percent from the field.

    Dales helped bring Oklahoma to new heights this season, taking them to the Final Four. The 6-0 senior averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. She was a key to the Sooners winning their third consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship. Dales was a starter on the 2000 Canadian Olympic team.

    Powell was a triple-threat artist all season long and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. In the Cardinal's first two NCAA games, she recorded triple-doubles, and had a total of five for the season. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 16.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, while making 58 three-point baskets.

    Named to the All-America second team were: Mississippi State junior LaToya Thomas, Iowa State senior Angie Welle, Penn State sophomore Kelly Mazzante, Baylor senior Sheila Lambert, and Tennessee junior Kara Lawson.

    Virginia's Brandi Teamer was named Rookie of the Year, although there were a number of outstanding freshmen prospects. Teamer, a 6-0 forward, helped the Cavaliers to a 17-13 record and a third-place finish in the ACC, averaging 16.1 points per game vs. conference competition, and 14.5 points per game overall. She was named the ACC's Rookie of the Year, leading the conference in rebounding at 9.0 rebounds. She started all 30 games for Virginia and was named ACC Rookie of the Week six times during the regular season.

    Duke's Gail Goestenkors was named Coach of Year. Goestenkors has made the most of a team consisting of just eight players by finding the right combinations and pushing the right buttons. Duke went unbeaten in the ACC regular season and tournament, and earned a trip to the Final Four. It doesn't hurt that she is also a top-flight recruiter. All-America First Team
    Sue Bird, UConn, Sr., 5-9, G (Player of the Year)
    Alana Beard, Duke, So., 5-11, G/F
    *Chantelle Anderson, Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-6, C
    +Stacey Dales, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-0, G
    Nicole Powell, Stanford, So., 6-2, F

    Second Team
    +LaToya Thomas, Mississippi State, Jr., 6-2, F
    +Angie Welle, Iowa State, Sr., 6-4, C
    Kelly Mazzante, Penn State, So., 6-0, G
    Sheila Lambert, Baylor, Sr., 5-7, G
    Kara Lawson, Tennessee, Jr., 5-9, G

    *2001 First Team
    +2001 Second Team

    Freshman of the Year
    Brandi Teamer, Virginia, 6-0, F

    Coach of the Year
    Gail Goestenkors, Duke

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