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Boston, Cooke Earn USBWA Recognition
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Boston, Cooke Earn USBWA Recognition

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina sophomore Aliyah Boston picked up another All-America honor today, this one from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. A finalist for national player of the year, the forward has been on every All-America First Team released to date. Sophomore guard Zia Cooke earned honorable mention recognition for the Gamecocks as well.
Boston followed up her National Freshman of the Year season with another stellar campaign in 2020-21, averaging a double-double (13.8 ppg/11.4 rpg) overall, in SEC play (13.3 ppg/12.3 rpg) and against ranked opponents (14.7 ppg/11.8 rpg). She ranks sixth in the nation in double-doubles (16) and is among the nation’s top 20 in rebounds per game (15th) and offensive rebounds per game (18th, 4.0), grabbing double-digit rebounds in 22 of her 30 games this season,
Ranked 18th in the country with 2.6 blocks per game, Boston is already sixth in program history in career blocked shots as both of her season totals rank among the top six in program single-season history. She became the first Gamecock to post multiple triple-doubles in her career when she recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against then-No. 22/23 Georgia (Jan. 21). It was the program’s first triple-double against a ranked opponent and against an SEC opponent.
Cooke has been the Gamecocks’ leading scorer throughout the season, ranking 12th in the SEC with 15.6 points per game. She is the team’s top percentage free throw shooter and leads the Gamecocks with 43 made 3-pointers. She was named the NCAA Hemisfair Regional Most Outstanding Player after averaging 16.5 points in South Carolina’s two regional games, including 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. She also handed out 2.5 assists and grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game over the weekend.
No. 6/5 South Carolina is set to play in its third NCAA Final Four in the last six tournaments, facing No. 2/2 Stanford tonight at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Continue to check and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for the most up-to-date information on the women’s basketball season.

2021 USBWA All-America First Team
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
Paige Bueckers, UConn
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Dana Evans, Louisville
Naz Hillman, Michigan
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
2021 USBWA All-America Second Team
Charli Collier, Texas
Elissa Cunane, NC Sttate
Aari McDonald, Arizona
NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
Kiana Williams, Stanford

2021 USBWA All-America Third Team
Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas
Ashley Joens, Iowa State
Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State
Michaela Onenywere, UCLA
Ashley Owusa, Maryland

2021 USBWA All-America Honorable Mention
Kierstan Bell, FGCU
Grace Berger, Indiana
Zia Cooke, South Carolina
Mia Davis, Temple
Rennia Davis, Tennessee
Arelia Guirantes, Rutgers
Anastasia Hayes, Middle Tennessee
Haley Jones, Stanford
Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse
Nancy Mulkey, Ruce
Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn
N’dea Jones, Texas A&M
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
DiDi Richards, Baylor
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova
Christyn Williams, UConn