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  • GBALLMAG.COM 2008-09 YOUNG ALL-AMERICA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
    By Dave Wohlhueter

    This is the sixth annual Gballmag.com Young All-America team made up of freshmen that played significant roles for their respective women's basketball teams in their first collegiate action. Most of these young players did not gain recognition beyond conference freshman teams.

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

    LaSondra Barrett, 6-2, F, LSU. Named Co-Rookie of the Year in the SEC. she started 26 of 30 games for the Tigers, and averaged 11.4 ppg., and 5.7 rpg.

    Briana Gilbreath, 6-1 G, USC. Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10, she averaged 10.8 ppg. and 5.7 rpg. She started all 29 games, shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and leading the team in steals (51).

    Whitney Hand, 6-1, G, Oklahoma. Freshman of the Year in the Big 12, Hand started all 33 games that she played in, missing four because of an injury. Her 9.2 ppg. ranked second in the Big 12 freshman class, while she was fourth in assists (1.58 apg.) and steals (1.12 spg.). She topped the Sooners in 3-pt. field goals made (62), shooting 37.3 percent from behind the arc.

    Tiffany Hayes, 5-10 G, UConn. Started 17 of 39 games played, and averaged 8.4 ppg., 4.0 rpg., and 2.6 apg. for the national champions. She shot 37.4 percent from behind the 3-pt. arc. Named to the Big East freshman team.

    Lynetta Kizer, 6-4, C, Maryland. Named ACC Freshman of the Year after leading the Terps to a share of the ACC regular-season championship and the ACC tournament. She averaged 11.7 ppg. and 7.4 rpg., while shooting 50 percent. Kizer started in all but one of Maryland's 36 games.

    Nnemkadi Ogwumike, 6-2 F, Stanford. Appearing in all 38 games, she led the Cardinal and the Pac-10 in shooting (.629) while averaging 10.6 ppg. and 6.1 rpg. She was named to the conference All-Freshman team.

    Ashley Palmer, 5-10 F, LIU. Rookie of the Year in the Northeast Conference, she also made the conference's second team. Palmer led the country's freshmen in scoring (17.1 ppg.) and rebounding (9.3 rpg.).

    Samantha Prahalis, 5-7 G, Ohio State. The Gballmag.com national Rookie of the Year and also Big Ten Rookie of the Year. She started 35 games, averaging 33.5 minutes per outing. She led all Big Ten frosh in scoring (10.0 ppg.) and assists (5.8 apg.), the latter being in the top 15 in the country.

    Ceira Ricketts, 5-8, G, Arkansas. Co-Rookie of the Year in the SEC, she led the Lady Razorbacks in scoring (12.6 ppg.), assists (3.9 apg.) and steals (2.6 spg.). Ricketts also collared 6.3 rpg.

    Da'Shena Stevens, 6-1 F, St. John's (NY). The Big East Freshman of the Year was her school's second-leading scorer at 11.9 ppg., setting a new school freshman mark with 406 points. She had a team-best 6.6 rpg., and 35 blocks Her best game was a 27-point, nine-rebound effort vs. UConn.

    Shekinna Stricklen, 6-2, G/F, Tennessee. A member of the SEC All-Freshman team. She started every game for the Lady Vols, averaging a team-best 13.3 ppg. She also grabbed 5.9 rpg., and averaged 3.0 assists per outing. She was named National Freshman of the Year by the USBWA.

    Dave Wohlhueter is Gball's WNBA and women's college game expert. He is a former Sports Information Director at Cornell University, as well as a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He worked in media relations at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He recently was named the winner of College Sports Information Directors of America's 2007 Bob Kenworthy Good Person Award, which annually is awarded to a CoSIDA member for civic involvement and accomplishments outside the sports information office.




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