Boston Named The Athletic National Player of the Year
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina sophomore Aliyah Boston picked up her first National Player of the Year award as The Athletic bestowed that title to her today. She was the unanimous Freshman of the Year last season and is a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year as well as appearing on the Wooden Award National Ballot.
A finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award, Boston was named SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-SEC First Team for the second time in as many seasons. Among the nation’s top 20 in blocks per game (2.7, 17th), rebounds per game (11.7, 13th) and offensive rebounds per game (4.1, 17th), Boston is sixth in the nation with 16 double-doubles through 28 games this season. She has pulled in double-digit rebounds in 22 times this season to average a double-double on the season. In 13 games against ranked opponents, she leads the Gamecocks in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). Her 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in the SEC Tournament led the Gamecocks to their second-straight title and garnered Tournament MVP honors.
So far in two games of the NCAA Tournament, Boston is averaging 19.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in leading the Gamecocks to their seventh straight Sweet 16 appearance. She is shooting 53.8 percent from the field at the event.
In the NCAA Sweet 16, the Gamecocks will face fifth-seeded Georgia Tech on Sun., Mar. 28, at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
Continue to check GamecocksOnline.com and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for the most up-to-date information on the women’s basketball season.
The Athletic Women’s Basketball Awards
Player of the Year: Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
Coach of the Year: Brenda Frese, Maryland
Co-Freshman of the Year: Paige Bueckers, UConn; Caitlin Clark, Iowa
All-America First Team
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
Paige Bueckers, UConn
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Naz Hillmon, Michigan
Aari McDonald, Arizona
All-America Second Team
Elissa Cunane, NC State
Dana Evans, Louisville,
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA
NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
All-America Third Team
Charli Collier, Texas
Rennia Davis, Tennessee
N’dea Jones, Texas A&M
Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State
Ashley Owusu, Maryland