COLUMBUS, Ohio — Junior center Jantel Lavender is among the five-member Associated Press All-America first team which was announced Tuesday. Sophomore point guard Samantha Prahalis received honorable mention honors. Lavender also was named to the 10-member USBWA All-America team Wednesday, her second straight honor.
Joining Lavender on the AP first team were UConn’s Tina Charles and Maya Moore, Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin and Virginia’s Monica Wright.
A second team AP All-American last season, Lavender averaged 21.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 51.4 percent from the field in leading Ohio State to a record 31 wins, a sixth straight Big Ten regular season and second straight tournament title. Lavender, who became the first Buckeye to score 2,000 points in her junior season, won Big Ten player of the year honors for the third year in a row and is one of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy. She also was the Big Ten tournament most outstanding player after setting a tournament championship game record with 35 points in the win over Iowa.
Prahalis was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten performer this season after averaging 16.3 points and 8.0 assists per game, second best in Division I. She is just the second D-I player since the 1999-2000 season to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists. This season she set a Big Ten record with 289 assists and is one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding point guard. She also set a school record with 48-straight free throws and recorded nine double-doubles.
Lavender also is a leading candidate to win her second-consecutive WBCA/Coaches All-America honor, which will be announced this weekend in San Antonio.
Maya Moore, Connecticut, 6-0, junior, Lawrenceville, Ga., 18.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 51.1 fg pct.
Tina Charles, Connecticut, 6-4, senior, Jamaica, N.Y., 18.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.2 blocks, 63.5 fg pct.
Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska, 6-2, senior, Eagle River, Alaska, 20.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 60.2 fg pct.
Monica Wright, Virginia, 5-11, senior, Woodbridge, Va., 23.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.7 steals
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, junior, Cleveland, 21.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 51.4 fg pct.
Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State, 5-5, senior, Dallas, 26.7 ppg, 6.5 apg, 80.2 ft pct.
Nnemka Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, sophomore, Cypress, Texas, 18.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 61.1 fg pct.
Jayne Appel, Stanford, 6-4, senior, Pleasant Hill, Calif., 13.6 ppd, 8.7 rpg, 54.3 fg pct.
Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State, 5-10, senior, Mount Juliet, Tenn., 28.3 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 61.4 fg pct., 2.4 stl
Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, freshman, Houston, 18.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 50.7 fg pct, 6.4 blks
Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma, 5-9, junior, San Jose, Calif., 16.7 ppg, 5.3 apg, 87.4 ft pct.
Jasmine Thomas, Duke, 5-9, junior, Fairfax, Va., 16.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.8 steals
Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky, 6-1, junior, 17.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.1 steals
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, freshman, Wilmington, Del., 26.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 blocks, 89.8 ft pct.
Amber Harris, Xavier, 6-4, junior, Indianapolis, 16.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 56.1 fg pct, 42.4 3-pt fg pct.
Danielle Adams, Texas A&M; Kachine Alexander, Iowa; Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee; Alyssa DeHaan, Michigan State; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame; Dawn Evans, James Madison; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Tyra Grant, Penn State; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Kalana Greene, Connecticut; Allison Hightower, LSU; Alison Lacey, Iowa State; Judie Lomax, Columbia, Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts; Gabriela Marginiean, Drexel; Nicole Michael, Syracuse; Jacinta Monroe, Florida State; Kayla Pedersen, Stanford; Ta’Shia Phillips, Xavier; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; Chastity Reed, Arkansas-Little Rock; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Lindsey Schraeder, Notre Dame; Tanisha Smith, Texas A&M; Da’shena Stevenson, St. John’s; Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee; Helena Sverrisdottir, TCU; Bianca Thomas, Mississippi; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga; Courtney Ward, Florida State; Kaylee Whipple, Utah.