April 1, 2006

Columbus, OHIO – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2006 Kodak All-America team Saturday in Boston, Mass., the site of the 2006 Final Four. Ohio State junior Jessica Davenport became the first Buckeye to repeat on the Kodak team since former OSU standout Tracey Hall in the 1987 and ’88 seasons.

Davenport, who last season was named Ohio State’s first Kodak recipient since Katie Smith in 1996, also repeated as Big Ten Player of the Year this season. She led the Buckeyes to regular season and league tournament titles and topped the Big Ten in scoring (18.7 points per game), rebounds (8.9 rpg.), field goal percentage (.618/ 241-390) and blocked shots (3.1 bpg.).

“Being named an All-American is a great honor,” Davenport, a product of Columbus Independence High School, said. “It is a great honor to be recognized among these great players. It is extra special having been named to the team two years in a row. We had a great season this year. I think I’ve had a great season. The award is a reflection that.”

Earlier this week, Davenport was named to the Associated Press, and United States Basketball Writers Association All-American teams for the second year in a row. She is the third Buckeye to reap Kodak/WBCA All-America honors twice in her career, joining both Hall and Smith (1993, ’96).

LSU’s Seimone Augustus, Duke’s Monique Currie, Stanford’s Candice Wiggins and Baylor’s Sophia Young joined Davenport as repeat Kodak/WBCA honorees. Georgia’s Tasha Humphrey, North Carolina’s Ivory Latta, Rutgers’ Cappie Pondexter, Tennessee’s Candace Parker and Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris rounded out the 10-member squad. Augustus was the Wade Trophy player of the year recipient for the second year in a row.

Davenport became Ohio State’s career leader in blocks this season vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 26) and assumed the top spot at OSU in all-time field goal percentage, connecting on a .607 rate (653-1,076). She recorded 13 double-doubles in 2005-06 and posted a career-best 18 rebounds on two occasions at USC (Dec. 11) and vs. Oakland (March 19). Davenport ranks second in Big Ten history in both career field goal percentage and blocked shots.