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Wednesday March 18, 2009Sha Brooks Named Regional Finalist for State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team

Gainesville, Fla.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, announced that the University of Florida's Sha Brooks (Jackson, Tenn.) is one of 52 regional finalists for the 2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. 

 

The State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team selection committee will review these 52 candidates and cut the list to 40 finalists on Thursday, March 25. The 40 finalists will all be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.

 

Brooks, who recently was a unanimous selection as a First Team All-Southeastern Conference performer by the league's coaches and media, leads Florida in scoring (16.6 ppg), assists (4.73), free throws made (128) and free throws attempted (163), while ranking second for steals (1.70) and made 3-pointers (45).

 

During the 14 SEC slate, Brooks averaged 19.7 points (No. 2 in SEC), 5.71 assists (T-No. 2 in SEC), 2.00 steals (No. 5 in SEC), while shooting 40.8 percent (29-71) from the 3-point arc (No. 3 in SEC) and 77.5 percent free throws (No. 8 in SEC) and totaling seven 20-plus point performances.

 

Brooks, who has never missed a game during her career, enters the NCAA Tournament having started a program-record 122 consecutive games and 123 of 124 games she has played.

 

The regional finalists are

 

Region I
Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Jesyka Burks-Wiley

Boston Univ.

Sr.

F

6'0

Tina Charles

Univ. of Connecticut

Jr.

C

6'4

Judie Lomax

Columbia Univ.          

Soph.

F

5'11

Angel McCoughtry

Univ. of Louisville

Sr.

F

6'1

Maya Moore

Univ. of Connecticut

Soph.

F

6'0

Renee Montgomery

Univ. of Connecticut

Sr.

G

5'7

Deirdre Naughton

DePaul Univ.

Jr.

G

5'10

Ta’Shia Phillips

Xavier Univ.

Soph.

C

6'6

Epiphanny Prince

Rutgers Univ.

Jr.

G

5'9

Kia Vaughn

Rutgers Univ. 

Sr.

C

6'4

Natasha Williams

DePaul Univ.

Sr.

F

6'3

Shavonte Zellous

Univ. of Pittsburgh

Sr.

G

5'11

 


Region 2
Name

Institution

Year

Pos. 

             Height

Chante Black 

Duke Univ.

Sr.

C

6'5

Marissa Coleman

Univ. of Maryland

Sr.

G/F

6'1

Lyndra Littles

Univ. of Virginia         

Sr.

G/F

6'1

Rashanda McCants

Univ. of North Carolina

Sr.

G/F

6'1

Carolyn Swords

Boston College

Soph.

C

6'6

Kristi Toliver

Univ. of Maryland

Sr.

G

5'7

Monica Wright

Univ. of Virginia         

Jr.

G

5'11

 


Region 3
Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Whitney Boddie          

Auburn Univ.  

Sr.

G

5'9

DeWanna Bonner

Auburn Univ.  

Sr.

G

6'4

Sha Brooks

Univ. of Florida          

Sr.

G

5'8

Siarre Evans

East Tennessee State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'11

Allison Hightower

Louisiana State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'11

Ashley Houts  

Univ. of Georgia

Jr.

G

5'6

Christina Wirth           

Vanderbilt Univ.         

Sr.

F

6'1

 


Region 4
Name

Institution

Year

Pos. 

             Height

Alysha Clark  

Middle Tennessee St. Univ.

Jr.

F

5'10

Rachel Galligan

Eastern Illinois Univ.  

Sr.

F

6'2

Ashley Hayes

Murray State Univ.    

Sr.

G

5'10

Anna Kowalska

Kent State Univ.

Sr.

C

6'4

Lauren Prochaska

Bowling Green State Univ.

Soph.

G

5'11

Chastity Reed

Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock

Soph.

F

6'1

 


Region 5
Name

Institution

Year

Pos. 

             Height

Danielle Gant 

Texas A&M Univ.      

Sr.

G/F

5'11

Shalee Lehning

Kansas State Univ.

Sr.

G

5'9

Danielle McCray

Univ. of Kansas         

Jr.

G

5'11

Courtney Paris

Univ. of Oklahoma

Sr.

C

6'4

Andrea Riley

Oklahoma State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'5

Takia Starks   

Texas A&M Univ.

Sr.

G

5'8

Danielle Wilson

Baylor Univ.   

Jr.

C

6'3

 


Region 6
Name

Institution

Year

Pos. 

             Height

Kristi Cirone   

Illinois State Univ.

Sr.

G

5'8

Traci Edwards

Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Sr.

C

6'2

Jantel Lavender

Ohio State Univ.        

Soph.

C

6'4

Rachel Porath

Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Sr.

G

5'10

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton

Purdue Univ.  

Sr.

F

6'2

 


Region 7
Name

Institution

Year

Pos. 

             Height

Dellena Criner

Univ. of Nevada         

Sr.

G

5'7

Shanavia Dowdell

Louisiana Tech Univ.

Jr.

F

6'2

Jené Morris

San Diego State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'9

Morgan Warburton

Univ. of Utah  

Sr.

G

5'11

 


Region 8
Name

Institution

Year

Pos. 

             Height

Jayne Appel

Stanford Univ.

Jr.

C

6'4

Briann January

Arizona State Univ.    

Sr.

G

5'8

Courtney Vandersloot

Gonzaga Univ.           

Soph.

G

5'8

Ashley Walker

Univ. of California, Berkeley

Sr.

F

6'0

 

 

In an effort to establish a fair number of candidates from each region, an equation to determine the number of regional nominees was formulated. The total number of Division I institutions in each region is divided by the total number of Division I institutions to get a percentage for each region.  Multiply 52 (the total number of desired finalists) by the percentage to get a total number of finalists for each region. The 52 regional finalists then go before the selection committee where the list is reduced to 40 finalists. These 40 finalists can come from any region. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2008, Region 1 will now have 12 finalists and Region 4 will have six finalists.

 

The State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for NCAA Division I will be announced at the State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team Press Conference at the Renaissance Grand and Suites Hotel on April 4, at 9:45 a.m. CT in St. Louis, Mo. 

About State Farm


State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve more than 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 32 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.

 

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls.  For additional information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.

 

 

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