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For the second consecutive season, Notre Dame has seen three of its women’s basketball players earn All-America honors from the Associated Press, the national wire service announced Tuesday.
• Senior guard/co-captain Skylar Diggins was a unanimous first-team All-America selection by the 40-member media panel, her second consecutive first-team citation and the fourth AP All-America selection of her career (she was a third-team pick in 2011 and an honorable mention choice in 2010).
Diggins is both the first Fighting Irish player to be tapped as a unanimous first-team All-American and the first four-time AP All-America honoree in school history, as well as the second Notre Dame cager to be a two-time first-team pick (Ruth Riley copped first-team honors in 2000 and 2001 after being chosen as a third-team selection in 1999).
Besides Diggins, the rest of the 2013 AP All-America First Team consisted of: Brittney Griner (Baylor), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor), with Griner joining Diggins as the lone unanimous first-team AP All-Americans this year.
Diggins has started all 35 games this season and leads the BIG EAST in assists (5.9 apg.), while ranking fourth in scoring (17.1 ppg.) and third in steals (3.0 spg.; school record 105 steals overall)
• The 5-foot-11 guard McBride has appeared in all 35 games (starting 34) for the Fighting Irish this season, ranking seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring (career-high 15.9 ppg.), while leading the conference with a career-best .913 free throw percentage. She also has scored in double figures 30 times this season and stands second on the team with seven 20-point games, including six in the past nine games and a career-high 28 points on March 26 in an NCAA Championship second-round win at Iowa.
• In her first season as an everyday starter for Notre Dame, Achonwa joins Diggins as the only Fighting Irish player to crack the lineup for all 35 games. She ranks third on the team (17th in the BIG EAST) in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and second in the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.5 rpg.), posting career highs in both categories. She also is among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (7th - .527; also 22nd nationally) and free throw percentage (9th - .791).
Achonwa’s biggest feat has been her school-record (and BIG EAST-best) 18 double-doubles this season, including seven against ranked opponents.
I thought McBride might have made the 2nd team. That 1st team is rock solid. Can you imagine those five playing together? I saw Elena Delle Donne play for the 1st time last week. Man, she can hoop.
I saw that no one from UConn was selected for the first team. It was interested enough to check on prior results. UConn and Tennessee had at least one first team all american each year from 2007 to 2011. In the last 2 years, neither traditional power has placed someone on the team.
“Notre Dame? Relevant? Of course. Call me in 90 years, and I’ll give you the same answer.” Neal Pilson, former president of CBS Sports
Wow that is interesting, but there is no one on UConn that could replace any of those 1st team selections. That is really hard to believe.
Lou S..I know Diggins broke the all-time scoring record against Kansas but I know she is also 2nd in career assists. Who holds that record and how close is she?
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