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    By Dave Wohlhueter

    This is the fourth annual Young All-America team, which comprises 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 Young All-America team:

    Jayne Appel, 6-4, C-F, Stanford. Named Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year. She averaged 13.2 ppg., 7.5 rpg., and was 29th in the country in field goal percentage (.538).

    Tina Charles, 6-4, C, UConn. Selected as the Rookie of the Year. The Rookie of the Year and second team in the Big East Conference, Charles was the only freshman among 52 players selected to the 2007 Kodak All-Region teams. She averaged 12.7 ppg. and 8.2 rpg., while shooting .599, which was fourth best in the country. She set the UConn freshman record for points in a game with 34, and also frosh records for double-doubles (11), rebounds (296) and blocks (81). She was 27th in the country in blocks (2.3 bpg.). Started 32 games.

    Donica Cosby, 5-7, G, Arkansas. A unanimous pick on the SEC All-Freshman team. Averaged 11.6 ppg., and 2.0 apg.

    Allyssa DeHaan, 6-9, C, Michigan State. Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Averaged 12.5 ppg., and 7.5 rpg. Second in the country in blocked shots (4.4 bpg.), and 40th in field goal percentage (.530). Started 27 games.

    LeLe Hardy, 5-10, F-G, Clemson. Named to ACC All-Rookie team. Hardy scored 11.6 ppg., and grabbed 6.9 rpg., while handing out 3.1 apg. She was fifth in the country in steals (3.3 spg.). She started in 30 games.

    Amber Harris, 6-5, F, Xavier. Selected as Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. She averaged 16.3 ppg., pulling down 9.0 rpg. Harris blocked 4.0 shots per contest, third best in the country. Started in 33 contests.

    Ashley Houts, 5-6, G, Georgia. Houts was named the Newcomer of the Year in the SEC, averaging 9.4 ppg., and 3.1 rpg. She had 3.6 apg., 2.6 steals per outing, and was a starter in 31 games.

    Katie Madison, 6-1, C, Idaho. The top-scoring freshman in the country with 19.1 ppg. Madison received the Western Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year award. She also grabbed 8.9 rpg., starting in 27 contests.

    Epiphany Prince, 5-9, G, Rutgers. Selected on the Big East All-Rookie team. Prince averaged 12.2 ppg., 4.1 rpg. and 2.8 apg. She started in 30 games for a Scarlet Knight team that was 27-9 and a NCAA Final Four finalist.

    Alexis Rack, 5-7, G, Mississippi State. Rack was a unanimous selection on the SEC All-Freshman team. She averaged 10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg., and 2.3 apg.

    Andrea Riley, 5-5, G, Oklahoma State. She was the 2007 Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Year. Riley averaged 12.8 ppg., and 3.1 rpg. She handed out 5.0 assists per outing, which ranked her 32nd in the country. She was a starter in 30 games.

    Danielle Wilson, 6-3, C, Baylor. A member of the Big 12 Conference All-Rookie team, Wilson scored 8.4 ppg., and averaged 4.9 caroms per outing. She blocked 2.5 shots per contest, which ranked 20th in the country.

    Monica Wright, 5-11, G, Virginia. She was named the ACC Rookie of the Year, starting in 34 contests. Wright averaged 15.1 ppg., 6.0 rpg., and 2.3 spg.

    With a summer to continue honing their skills, look for these athletes to make an even bigger mark in the 2007-08 season.

    By Dave Wohlhueter

    Duke guard Lindsey Harding is the 2007 Player of the Year, and the senior has big shoes to fill if she follows in the footsteps of previous winners. After the Big East dominated the award for the first three years of our selections (2001-03), the Atlantic Coast Conference has taken over with winners in two of the last three years.

    Five of our six winners have had successful WNBA careers, and last year's recipient, North Carolina guard Ivory Latta, expects to continue this excellence. Notre Dame center Ruth Riley, after leading the Irish to the national championship, was our first recipient, and she went on to win two WNBA titles with Detroit. This past winter, Riley was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars. Former UConn guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were the 2002 and 203 winners, and they are currently enjoying all-star careers at Seattle and Phoenix, respectively. Former Duke guard Alana Beard was the 2004 recipient, and is an all-star at Washington. The 2005 winner was LSU guard Seimone Augustus of the Southeastern Conference, and she was the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

    Like Augustus was in 2006, Harding was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 collegiate draft last week. She was selected by Phoenix, and then traded to the Minnesota, joining Augustus on the Lynx squad.

    For the sixth straight year, the Player of the Year goes to a guard. The 5-8 Harding out of Houston, Texas, was a rock for the Blue Devils this past season. She helped Duke become the first ACC team and 14th squad in NCAA history to finish the regular season undefeated with a 29-0 record.

    Harding averaged 13.6 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 3.9 apg., and 1.5 spg. in 34 contests. She was just as proficient at the other end, being named the ACC and WBCA Defensive Player of the Year. Harding is Duke's all-time assist leader (579), and is the second Blue Devil and sixth ACC player to record over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 250 steals during her career.

    In 2006-07, Harding was selected Player of the Year; the Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year; ACC Player of the Year; the Frances Pomeroy Award winner; and the Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the top point guard in the country.

    Harding was named to the Associated Press, Kodak, Wooden,, and USBWA All-America first teams. Joining the Duke point guard on the first unit are: Tennessee sophomore forward/center/guard Candice Parker; Oklahoma sophomore center Courtney Paris; Ohio State senior center Jessica Davenport; and Ole Miss senior guard Armintie Price.

    The 6-4 Parker helped Tennessee win the national championship. She averaged 19.9 ppg., 9.8 rpg., 2.4 apg., 2.9 blocks and 1.9 steals. The winner of the Wade Trophy, Parker also was chosen as the USBWA Player of the Year. The Naperville, Ill., native was the unanimous SEC Player of the Year. The John R. Wooden Award winner was named to the AP, Kodak, Wooden, ESPN, and USBWA first teams. Last year, she became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament. In 2006, she was named to the second five.

    Paris, last year's Rookie of the Year, is on the Gball first unit for the second consecutive season. She is the 2007 Associated Press Player of the Year, after averaging 23.3 ppg., third best in the nation. The 6-4 center had a national second-best rebounding average (15.8), and blocked 3.5 shots per outing. She has an NCAA record-string of 61 double-doubles. Last year, she became the first player in NCAA history to collect 700 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks in one season. Paris is a consensus All-American.

    Davenport was a second-team selection in 2005 and 2006. A three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, the 6-5 center is the only player in conference history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 300 blocks in a career. This past year, she averaged 20.5 ppg., 9.7 rpg., 2.8 blocks, and shot nearly 60 percent from the field. She was the No. 2 pick in the 2007 WNBA draft by San Antonio, and then traded to New York for all-star guard Becky Hammon. She was named to the AP, Kodak, USBWA, and first teams.

    Price, a SEC first team selection, is only the second player in NCAA Division I history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 400 steals, joining Southern Cal alumnus Cheryl Miller. The 5-9 guard led the Rebels to their first Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1992. In her final Ole Miss season, she averaged 19.1 ppg., 9.1 rpg., 3.7 apg., and 3.7 spg. that ranked No. 1 in the nation. Price is the only player to ever be named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year twice. She was selected to the AP,, Kodak, and USBWA All-America teams. Chicago took Price in third in the WNBA draft.

    Named to the second team are: North Carolina guard Latta; LSU junior center Sylvia Fowles; Stanford junior guard Candace Wiggins; Purdue senior guard/forward Katie Gearlds; and Middle Tennessee senior guard Chrissy Givens.

    Latta was the Player of the Year in 2006. This past season the 5-6 senior averaged 16.4 ppg., 4.5 apg. and 1.6 spg. She was named to the ACC first team, and to the AP, Kodak, Wooden, and USBWA All-America teams. She was the 11th player taken in the 2007 WNBA draft, chosen by Detroit.

    Fowles, a 6-6 junior, was solid for LSU at both ends of the court. She averaged 17.2 ppg., 12.8 rpg., and 2.8 bpg. She made the SEC first team, and also received All-America honors from the AP, USBWA and Wooden Awards. Fowles was the first player in SEC history to post a double-double in every regular-season game.

    Wiggins was named to the second unit for the third year. She was the Web site's Rookie of the Year in 2005. Named to the Pac-10 first team, Wiggins battled injuries all year, but still managed to average 16.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 3.3 apg., and 1.5 spg. AP, Kodak and the USBWA named her to the All-America squads.

    Gearlds received AP third-team All-America honors after being named to the Big Ten Conference first team. The 6-1 senior averaged 18.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg., and 3.4 apg. She was instrumental in helping Purdue advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Gearlds was the seventh player chosen in the WNBA draft by Seattle.

    Givens set the school season scoring record at Middle Tennessee, averaging 22.6 ppg., which was fourth nationally. She also pulled down 6.2 rpg., handed out 4.5 apg., and had 3. 0 spg. She led the team to its fourth consecutive Sun Belt tournament championship and fourth appearance in the NCAA tournament. She was named to the AP All-America second team, and to the USBWA third unit. Givens was selected in the third round of the WNBA draft by Phoenix.

    Chosen as Rookie of the Year is UConn's Tina Charles. The 6-4 freshman averaged 12.7 ppg. and 8.2 rpg., while shooting 59 percent from the field. She set the school freshman record for points in a game with 34. Charles also set freshman season records for double-doubles (11), rebounds (296) and blocks (81). She was chosen on the Big East second team and conference Rookie of the Year. Charles was the only freshman among 52 players selected to the 2007 Kodak All-Region teams. She received AP honorable mention.

    There were many coaches who deserved to be named Coach of the Year, but no one took a young, inexperienced team as far as C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers, and she is the 2007 Coach of the Year. With no seniors and five freshmen on the roster, Stringer guided the Scarlet Knights to the championship game of the Final Four, losing to Tennessee 59-46. This was with a team that began its season at 2-4. Rutgers finished the 2006-07 campaign at 27-9, and won the Big East tournament. Stringer is the only coach to take three teams (Cheney State, Iowa, Rutgers) to the Final Four.

    Recognition should also go to Pat Summitt of Tennessee, Gail Goestenkors of Duke (now at Texas), Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina, and Joe McKeown of George Washington.

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