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  • The 2007 Young All-American Team
    By Dave Wohlhueter

    This is the eighth annual Young All-America team comprisng freshmen who played significant roles for their respective women's basketball teams in their first collegiate action. Most of these young athletes did not gain recognition beyond conference freshman teams.

    Here is a list of players named to the Young All-America team:

    Wumi Agunbiade, 6-2, F, Duquesne. Named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year, she was chosen six times during the season as the Rookie of the Week. Agunbiade was third on the Dukes in scoring (11.2 ppg.) and topped the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg.) and blocks (49).

    Aaryn Ellenberg, 5-7, G, Oklahoma. Chosen on the Big 12 Conference All-Freshman team. Second-leading scorer on the Sooners with a 16.2 average per game. She pulled down 3.3 rebounds and handed out 1.3 assists per outing. Ellenberg led Oklahoma in 3-pt. field goal percentage (.397).

    Chelsea Gray, 5-11, G, Duke. Selected on the All-ACC Freshman team. Gray started every game for Duke (36) and averaged 8.7 ppg., 3.3 rpg. and 2.5 apg.

    Bria Hartley, 5-7, G, UConn. Named Big East Conference Freshman of the Year, and was second-team All-Conference. She averaged 12.4 ppg. in 34 starts, grabbed 3.6 rebounds, and handed out 2.9 assists per contest. She led the Huskies in 3-pt. shooting percentage (.420). She was named Freshman of the Week in the conference six times during the season.

    Maggie Lucas, 5-9, G, Penn State. Named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the media, and selected for the Sixth Player of the Year award by the coaches. Lucas averaged 15.8 ppg. and 3.1 rpg. She led the conference in 3-pt. field goals made (112), and shot 42.6 percent from behind the arc.

    Tyaunna Marshall, 5-9, G, Georgia Tech. Chosen on the All-ACC second team, and named to the All-Freshman team. Made 30 starts for the Yellow Jackets, averaging 13.6 ppg. and 4.2 rpg.

    Chiney Ogwumike, 6-3, F, Stanford. Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, she was also on the All-Pac-10 15-member team. She led the Cardinal in blocks (29), and averaged 11.7 ppg. and 8.0 rpg.

    Shoni Schimmel, 5-10, G, Louisville. Received Big East Conference honorable mention, and named to the conference all-frosh squad. Started all 35 games for the Cardinals, averaging 15.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg. and 4.9 apg.

    Meighan Simmons, 5-9, G, Tennessee. Selected on the All-SEC second team, and named conference freshman of the year. Started at point guard for the Lady Vols, and was the team's leading scorer at 13.5 ppg. She grabbed 2.7 rpg. and handed out 2.8 assists per outing. Simmons shot 33.7 percent from behind the 3-pt. arc.

    Odyssey Sims, 5-9, G, Baylor. Sims started 27 games at point guard for the Lady Bears, and was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year. She averaged 13.1 ppg. and 3.0 rpg., with 3.1 helpers per outing.

    Alyssa Thomas, 6-2, F, Maryland. Named to the ACC second team. Led the Terrapins in scoring at 14.5 ppg., and was second in rebounding (7.3 rpg.). She started 31 games for Maryland.

    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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