April 2, 2013
WACO, Texas -
Baylor's Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims were named to The Associated Press' five-member All-American team Tuesday. Griner was a unanimous selection while Sims earned first-team honors for the first time. It marked just the sixth time that teammates were selected All-Americans.
Griner, a 6-8 senior, became the fifth three-time AP All-American, joining Chamique Holdsclaw (Tennessee), Alana Beard (Duke), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) and Maya Moore (Connecticut).
Joining Griner and Sims on the squad were Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins and Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike.
"I think they're two of the best, period," said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. "They were exceptional leaders for our team over the past two seasons and this honor is well-deserved," Mulkey added.
Griner finished her illustrious career at Baylor setting NCAA records for blocked shots (736) and dunks by a female (18) and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women's scoring charts with 3,283 points.
The Houston, Texas, native averaged 23.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game this season while shooting a nation's best .607 from the floor.
Sims, the nation's best on-ball defender, averaged 12.9 points and 5.8 assists as Baylor's point guard. The Irving, Texas, native recorded a nation's-best 2.7 assist/turnover ratio, hauled down 2.6 rebounds per contest and sank 83.3 percent of her free throws. Sims was a second-team pick as a sophomore and received honorable mention honors her rookie year.