March 31, 2012
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Coaches' All-America Basketball Team. The 10-member team, which included Baylor junior post Brittney Griner and sophomore guard Odyssey Sims, was announced in a ceremony at the Pepsi Center during the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Super Saturday festivities.
Griner becomes Baylor's second two-time selection and Sims is the fifth BU player to make the 10-member list. It marks the first time Baylor has had two players named to the prestigious squad. Other Lady Bears to selected WBCA All-Americans include Sophia Young (2005 & `06), Sheila Lambert (2002) and Susie Snider Eppers (1977). Destiny Williams, a junior forward/post, received honorable mention.
Brittney Griner has led Baylor to its second NCAA® Women's Final Four® in three seasons and a perfect 38-0 mark. She is averaging 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the floor and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. Griner has twice been named an All-American by the WBCA, AP, USBWA and Wooden Award and is a two-time WBCA Defensive Player of the Year. She was named most outstanding player of the Des Moines Regional and the Big 12 Championship, Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for every major postseason award.
Odyssey Sims excels on both ends of the floor for Baylor and has helped guide the Lady Bears to the Women's Final Four and an undefeated season. She averages 14.8 points per game, including 20.5 vs. ranked opponents, 4.4 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.8 rebounds per contest and is a bulldog on defense. She is a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection and was named to the Des Moines Region and Big 12 Championship All-Tournament teams. In addition, she also earned All-American honors from the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
"Congratulations to the 10 student-athletes chosen for the 2012 Division I Coaches' All-America Team," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "These student-athletes have worked hard this season, ensuring success for their entire team, and they are deserving of this recognition."
The members of the 2012 NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team are as follows:
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, Jr., F/C, 6-5
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Jr., G, 5-9
Brittney Griner, Baylor, Jr., C, 6-8
Bria Hartley, Connecticut, So., F, 5-7
Glory Johnson, Tennessee, Sr., F, 6-3
Shenise Johnson, Miami, Sr., G, 5-11
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, So., F, 6-2
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford, Sr., C, 6-2
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, So., G, 5-8
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, So., G, 6-2.