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March 30, 2007

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced today its 2006-07 women’s postseason honors. Tennessee’s Candace Parker is the association’s National Player of the Year, while Duke’s Gail Goestenkors was chosen the USBWA Coach of the Year. Connecticut’s Tina Charles is the USBWA’s Freshman of the Year.

Parker, one of six repeat All-Americans, is the third Lady Vol to win the USBWA player of the year honor. Chamique Holdsclaw won the award twice, in 1998 and ’99, and Tamika Catchings was the player of the year in 2000.

Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport, Maryland’s Crystal Langhorne, North Carolina’s Ivory Latta, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Stanford’s Candice Wiggins each also repeated as an All-America selection. Davenport was selected to the team for the third straight season. Five of the ten players chosen are centers, as well as Charles, the freshman of the year. Wiggins and Paris are each past winners of the association’s freshman of the year.

Following is the complete list of 2006-07 USBWA women’s honors:

2006-07 USBWA WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Alison Bales Duke C 6-7 Sr. Dayton, Ohio
Jessica Davenport Ohio State C 6-5 Sr. Columbus, Ohio
Sylvia Fowles LSU C 6-6 Jr. Miami, Fla.
Chrissy Givens Middle Tennessee G 5-11 Sr. Monroe, La.
Lindsey Harding Duke G 5-8 Sr. Houston, Texas)
Crystal Langhorne Maryland C/F 6-2 Jr. Willingboro, N.J.
Ivory Latta North Carolina G 5-6 Sr. McConnells, S.C.
Courtney Paris Oklahoma C 6-4 So. Piedmont, Calif.
Candace Parker Tennessee F 6-4 So. Naperville, Ill.
Candice Wiggins Stanford G 5-11 Jr. San Diego, Calif.

Player of the Year: Candace Parker, Tennessee
Coach of the Year: Gail Goestenkors, Duke
Freshman of the Year: Tina Charles, Connecticut (C, 6- 4, Fr., Jamaica, N.Y.)