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  • GBALLMAG.COM YOUNG ALL-AMERICA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
    By Dave Wohlhueter

    This is the fifth annual Gballmag.com Young All-America team comprising freshmen who played significant roles for their respective women's basketball teams in their first collegiate action. Most of these young players did not get recognition beyond conference freshmen teams.

    Here's the list of players named to the Gballmag.com Young All-America team:

    Angie Bjorklund, 6-0 F/G, Tennessee. Bjorklund started 30 games for the national champions. She was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the coaches, and Associated Press Newcomer of the Year. Angie averaged 8.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg., and handed out 1.4 assists per contest.

    Cetera DeGraffenreid, 5-6, G, University of North Carolina. Named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team, she became a leader in the Tar Heels' backcourt. DeGraffenreid averaged 11.6 ppg., handed out 3.08 apg., and had 2.08 steals per outing.

    Ify Ibekwe, 6-1, F, University of Arizona. Named to the Pac-10 All-Rookie team, after averaging 9.9 ppg., and 8.8 rpg. She shot .473 from the field, and blocked 1.25 shots per outing.

    Kalisha Keane, 6-1, F, Michigan State. In addition to being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, Keane received conference honorable mention after averaging 12.4 ppg. (second on her team), and 5.9 rpg.

    Jantel Lavender, 6-4, C, Ohio State. Started her collegiate career by being both Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, as selected by the conference coaches. She was named to the Big Ten first team after topping the 11-team league in rebounding (9.9 rpg.), which was third amongst freshmen in the country. Her 17.6 ppg. ranked second in the country amongst frosh, and it was third in the Big Ten overall. She was the only player in the Big Ten to score in double digits in every game.

    Tia Lewis, 6-4, F, University of Central Florida. Conference USA named Lewis to its All-Freshman team. She was first in the country amongst freshmen (5th overall) in rebounding (11.5 rpg.), and also scored at a 12.0 ppg. clip, making 53.3 percent of her shots. Lewis was selected on the conference third team.

    Maya Moore, 6-1, F, UConn. Certainly the most recognizable player on this yearling team. She became the first freshman, both men and women, to be named Big East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Moore averaged 17.7 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 1.55 bpg., while shooting .543 from the field. Moore was a unanimous All-American who broke school and conference frosh scoring records, finishing as the top freshman in the country in scoring.

    Stefanie Murphy, 6-4, F, Boston College. A unanimous pick on the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team, Murphy averaged 14.5 ppg., 7.7 rpg., and shot 57 percent from the field. She received honorable mention for the ACC.

    Sheylani Peddy, 5-6, G, Wright State. She was named All-Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, to the league's first team, and to the All-Defensive unit. Peddy averaged 16.7 ppg., which was third in the country amongst freshmen. She shot 54 percent from the field, and handed out 3.4 apg.

    Kayla Pederson, 6-4, C, Stanford. Helped the Cardinal reach the NCAA championship game, playing 30.38 minutes per contest. She was the Pac-10 Rookie of the Year. Pedersen averaged 12.6 ppg. (3rd on her team) and 8.4 rpg., which ranked sixth in the country amongst frosh.

    Ta'Shia Phillips, 6-6, C/F, Xavier. Phillips was named Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic 10, and to the conference's second team. She averaged a double-double of 14.1 ppg. and 11.3 rpg., which the later was sixth in the country and second amongst rookies. She made 59.4 percent of her shots.

    Danielle Robinson, 5-9, G, Oklahoma. Named Freshman of the Year and honorable mention in the Big 12 Conference, Robinson averaged 12.2 ppg., as a slasher. She averaged 4.19 apg., and shot 48 percent from the field.

    Brittani Shells, 5-7, G, Richmond. Named to the A-10 All-Rookie team, averaging 14.0 ppg. in 31 starts. She had big games vs. ranked teams, scoring 27 at Maryland, and 21 and 17 vs. George Washington.

    Alli Smalley, 5-8, G, Auburn. Smalley was a unanimous choice for the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team. She averaged 10.7 ppg.

    Brittany Spears, 6-1, F, Colorado. A member of the Big 12 Conference All-Rookie team, Spears averaged 11.9 ppg. as the second-leading scorer on the Buffaloes. She also received all-conference honorable mention.




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