Harris Named WBCA Honorable Mention All-America
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior guard Tyasha Harris (Noblesville, Ind./Heritage Christian) earned WBCA Honorable Mention All-America status, the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association announced today. The Nancy Lieberman Award finalist finished the season with a career-best 10.9 scoring average and ranked 29th in the nation in assists per game.
In her third season at South Carolina, Harris struck a powerful balance of distributing and taking her own shots as she tied for the team lead with 21 double-figure scoring games and handed out five or more assists 20 times through 33 games. She was the Gamecocks’ most prolific outside shooter, attempting 127 3-pointers. Harris’ 5.3 assists per game are third in the SEC and 29th in the nation, while her 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio stands as eighth-best in the country (second in the SEC).
In SEC action, Harris’ assist numbers rose to 6.2 per game while her scoring stayed steady at 10.6 points per game. Through 16 league games, the combination of her scoring and points off her assists led to 25.3 points per game – 34.4 percent of the Gamecocks’ total offense.
In the final game of the season, Harris moved into fourth place in the Gamecocks’ all-time career assists list with 513 to her credit and Cristina Ciocan’s school record 615 in her sights for her senior season. She is already the SEC’s active career leader in assists and holds the South Carolina record for career assists in SEC games at 263. Her nine career points-assists double-doubles are tied for the program record.
The No. 15/18 Gamecocks finished the 2018-19 season with a 23-10 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, advancing to at least that round for the sixth-consecutive season. It marked South Carolina’s eighth-straight 20-win season and the sixth time the Gamecocks finished in the top two in the SEC (13-3, 2nd).