March 6, 2001
Notre Dame's Ruth Riley has been named the 2000-01 national player of the year by The Women's Basketball Journal. In addition, the 6-6 senior center was also tabbed as WBJ's Defensive Player of the Year.
Riley, who was the Big East Conference Player of the Year, was joined on the first team All-America unit by three other conference players of the year. Purdue's Katie Douglas earned the honor in the Big Ten, Stacey Dales of Oklahoma was the top player in the Big 12, and Georgia's Kelly Miller received the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year award. The first team was completed by Mississippi State forward LaToya Thomas.
WBJ also named Oklahoma's Sherri Coale as the National Coach of the Year, and Duke's Alana Beard was tabbed as the National Freshman of the Year.
The WBJ All-America team, which is named by position, is selected by the publication's editors and contributors. For more information, contact WBJ editor Doug Herakovich at (800) 313-7005.
WBJ 2000-01 National Honors
Player of the Year: Ruth Riley, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year: Sherri Coale, Oklahoma
Freshman of the Year: Alana Beard, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Ruth Riley, Notre Dame
2000-01 WBJ All-Americans
First Team Cl. School Hometown
F-G LaToya Thomas So. Mississippi State Greenville, Miss.
G-F Katie Douglas Sr. Purdue Indianapolis, Ind.
C Ruth Riley Sr. Notre Dame Macy, Ind.
G Stacey Dales Jr. Oklahoma Brockville, Ontario
G Kelly Miller Sr. Georgia Rochester, Minn.
Second Team Cl. School Hometown
F Deanna Jackson Jr. UAB Brewton, Ala.
F Svetlana Abrosimova Sr. Connecticut St. Petersburg, Russia
C Chantelle Anderson So. Vanderbilt Vancouver, Wash.
G Jackie Stiles Sr. SW Missouri St. Claflin, Kan.
G Marie Ferdinand Sr. LSU Miami, Fla.
Third Team Cl. School Hometown
F Tamika Catchings Sr. Tennessee Duncanville, Tex.
F LaQuanda Barksdale Sr. North Carolina Winston-Salem, N.C.
C Angie Welle Jr. Iowa State Fargo, N.D.
G Sue Bird Jr. Connecticut Syosset, N.Y.
G Sheila Lambert Jr. Baylor Seattle, Wash.
Fourth Team Cl. School Hometown
F Danielle Crockrom Jr. Baylor Houston, Tex.
G-F Shea Ralph Sr. Connecticut Fayetteville, N.C.
C Camille Cooper Sr. Purdue Georgetown, Ky.
G Niele Ivy Sr. Notre Dame St. Louis, Mo.
G Coco Miller Sr. Georgia Rochester, Minn.
Fifth Team Cl. School Hometown
F-C Gwen Jackson So. Tennessee Eufaula, Ala.
C-F Michaela Pavlickova Sr. Denver Prague, Czech Republic
C Jennifer Phillips Sr. Xavier Elida, Ohio
G Tasha Pointer Sr. Rutgers Chicago, Ill.
G Georgia Schweitzer Sr. Duke Columbus, Ohio
2000-01 WBJ Freshmen All-Americans
First Team Pos. School Hometown
Alana Beard G-F Duke Frierson, La.
Kelly Mazzante G Penn State Montoursville, Pa.
Christi Thomas C Georgia Buford, Ga.
Nicole Powell F Stanford Phoenix, Ariz.
Ashley Robinson C Tennessee Grand Prairie, Tex.
Second Team Pos. School Hometown
Nicole Ohlde F Kansas State Clay Center, Kan.
Rebekkah BrunsonF Georgetown Oxon Hill, Md.
Diana Taurasi G Connecticut Chino, Calif.
Ebony Hoffman F-C USC Harbor City, Calif.
Chandi Jones G-F Houston Bay City, Tex.
Sara Nord G Louisville Jeffersonville, Ind.
2000-01 WBJ Defensive All-Americans
First Team Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Ruth Riley Sr. C Notre Dame Macy, Ind.
Niele Ivy Sr. G Notre Dame St. Louis, Mo.
Tamara Moore Jr. G Wisconsin Minneapolis, Minn.
LaNeishea Caufield Jr. G Oklahoma Ada, Okla.
Angela Crockett Sr. G LSU Tallulah, La.
Second Team Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Tawana McDonald Jr. F-C Georgia Flint, Mich.
Rochelle Parent Sr. F Duke Akron, Ohio
Katrisa O'Neal Sr. G Texas Tech Plainview, Tex.
Erin Batth Sr. F-C Clemson Marietta, Ga.
Shea Ralph Sr. G-F Connecticut Fayetteville, N.C.