April 2, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” South Carolina sophomore forward A’ja Wilson is one of 10 NCAA Division I players named to the 2016 WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team, which the organization announced today in a ceremony held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during the NCAA Women’s Final Four Super Saturday festivities.
Wilson adds this recognition to All-America honors from the Associated Press and ESPN earlier this spring. The SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year led the Gamecocks in scoring and blocked shots this season, ranking among the nation’s top 40 in blocked shots per game (11th, 3.1), double-doubles (20th, 14) and field goal percentage (39th, .531). Leading the SEC in blocked shots per game and field goal percentage, she was also among the league’s top five in scoring (5th, 16.1 ppg) and rebounding (4th, 8.7). Three of her 14 double-doubles came in postseason action, including the SEC Tournament championship game and the NCAA Sweet 16 outing. In the NCAA Tournament second-round contest against Kansas State (Mar. 20), Wilson became the second Gamecock ever to record her 1,000th career point during her sophomore season. Her 103 blocked shots this season is the new school record, and her 168 career blocks already has her ranked third in program history.
South Carolina completed its 2015-16 season with a 33-2 record, the program’s fifth-straight 25-win season and second-consecutive 30-win campaign. The Gamecocks, ranked No. 3/2 entering the postseason, won their third SEC regular-season title in a row, posting just the second 16-0 record in conference history, and repeated as SEC Tournament champions.
WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team
Nina Davis, Baylor
Moriah Jefferson, UConn
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
Kelsey Plum, Washington
Breanna Stewart, UConn
Morgan Tuck, UConn
Brianna Turner, Notre Dame
Jamie Weisner, Oregon State
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Courtney Williams, South Florida