Pierson, O'Neal Among WBJ Award-Winners

Katrisa O'Neal was named to the 2000 WBJ Defensive All-America team.

Katrisa O'Neal was named to the 2000 WBJ Defensive All-America team.
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March 13, 2000

RALEIGH, N.C. - Two Southeastern Conference stars highlighted the list of award-winners issued by The Women's Basketball Journal. Kelly Miller, Georgia's standout junior guard, was tabbed as the 1999-2000 WBJ National Player of the Year, and Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas was named the Freshman of the Year by the newspaper's editors.

"We depend on Kelly for so many things," noted Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "She obviously has the ability to run the team from the point guard position, but she goes way beyond that.

"There aren't many point guards who are counted on to rebound. The great thing about Kelly is that if we tell her before a game that we need her to rebound, she'll go out and get eight, nine or 10 rebounds for us. I can't tell you how many times we've told the team during a timeout, 'We have to get a rebound,' or 'We have to make a deflection,' and then Kelly would go out and do it for us. It's like dial-a-request with Kelly."

Rene Portland, who guided Penn State to its first outright Big Ten title this season, was named the WBJ National Coach of the Year. In addition, Tennessee's Semeka Randall was chosen as the National Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

The Women's Basketball Journal has covered the sport on all levels for the past three years.

  • Player of the Year: Kelly Miller, Jr., G, Georgia
  • Coach of the Year: Rene Portland, Penn State
  • Freshman of the Year: LaToya Thomas, F, Mississippi State
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Semeka Randall, Jr., G, Tennessee

WBJ Defensive All-Americans

These 10 players were named the best defenders of the country following an informal poll of Division I head coaches from across the country. Tennessee's Semeka Randall was tabbed as the nation's finest defensive player for the second consecutive year, edging out Tamicha Jackson of Louisiana Tech for the honor.
Erin BatthJr.C6-4Clemson
Peppi BrowneSr.F5-11Duke
Helen DarlingSr.G5-7Penn State
Tamicha JacksonSr.G5-6La. Tech
Nicole KubikSr.G5-10Nebraska
Katrisa O'NealJr.G5-6Texas Tech
Semeka RandallJr.G5-10Tennessee
Ruth RileyJr.C6-5Notre Dame
Stacey ThomasSr.G5-10Michigan
Shaquala WilliamsSo.G5-6Oregon

WBJ Freshmen All-Americans

Here are the Top 10 freshmen in the nation during the 1999-2000 season according to the WBJ editors. LaToya Thomas, who keyed Mississippi State's tremendous season, was an overwhelming choice as America's top freshman.
PlayerPos.Ht.SchoolHometownKey Statistics
Jamie CareyG5-6StanfordThornton, Colo. 10.8 pts., 3.0 assists, 2.0 reb., 43.5 FG%, 46.9 3FG%
Schuye LaRueF6-3VirginiaWashington, D.C. 14.6 pts., 8.0 reb., 59.2 FG%
Kara LawsonG5-9TennesseeSpringfield, Va. 14.1 pts., 4.3 reb., 2.8 assists, 47.4 FG%, 45.6 3FG%, 81.8 FT%
Kristin KoetsierC6-3Western Mich.Grandville, Mich. 18.8 pts., 9.5 reb., 1.7 assists, 52.5 FG%, 80.1 FT%
Plenette PiersonF6-1Texas TechKingwood, Tex. 13.8 pts., 6.9 reb., 53.2 FG%
Alicia RatayG5-11Notre DameLake Zurich, Ill. 15.1 pts., 5.1 reb., 2.3 assists, 51.5 FG%, 49.2 3FG%, 82.4 FT%
Kate SmithC6-2NevadaReno, Nev. 19.1 pts., 8.0 reb., 1.6 assists, 49.2 FG%
LaToya ThomasF6-2Miss. StateGreenville, Miss. 20.7 pts., 7.8 reb., 56.8 FG%
LaToya TurnerF6-4Ohio StatePickerington, Ohio 11.3 pts., 5.9 reb., 48.8 FG%
LeCoe WillinghamF6-0AuburnAugusta, Ga. 11.3 pts., 7.6 reb., 49.6 FG%

1999-2000 WBJ All-Americans

FIRST TEAMCl.Ht.CollegeHometownKey Statistics
FTamika CatchingsJr.6-1TennesseeDuncanville, Tex. 15.5 pts., 7.5 reb., 2.7 assists, 2.6 steals, 46.6 FG%
FShea RalphJr.6-0ConnecticutFayetteville, N.C. 14.7 pts., 5.0 assists, 3.7 reb., 2.6 steals, 63.0 FG%, 80.0 FT%
CRuth RileyJr.6-5Notre DameMacy, Ind. 16.0 pts., 7.1 reb., 2.3 blocks, 61.1 FG%, 81.9 FT%
GEdwina BrownSr.5-10TexasLockhart, Tex. 21.5 pts., 8.3 reb., 6.0 assists, 2.9 steals, 47.3 FG%
GKelly MillerJr.5-10GeorgiaRochester, Minn. 15.4 pts., 4.7 assists, 4.5 reb., 2.2 steals, 44.9 FG%, 81.9 FT%
SECOND TEAM Cl.Ht.CollegeHometownKey Statistics
FErin BuescherJr.6-3UC-Santa BarbaraRohnert Park, Calif. 17.6 pts., 9.5 reb., 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 51.6 FG%
FPhylesha WhaleySr.5-10OklahomaSlaton, Tex. 20.6 pts, 8.3 reb., 53.6 FG%
CAndrea GarnerSr.6-3Penn StatePhiladelphia, Pa. 14.8 pts., 8.6 reb., 2.1 blocks, 47.4 FG%
GGrace DaleySr.5-8TulaneOcala, Fla. 21.3 pts., 6.0 reb., 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals, 48.3 FG%
GHelen DarlingSr.5-7Penn StateColumbus, Ohio 10.3 pts., 7.7 assists, 5.4 reb., 3.0 steals, 40.0 FG%
THIRD TEAM Cl.Ht.CollegeHometownKey Statistics
FSvetlana AbrosimovaJr.6-2ConnecticutSt. Petersburg, Russia 13.4 pts., 6.2 reb., 3.8 assists, 49.5 FG%
FLynn PrideSr.6-2KansasArlington, Tex. 17.5 pts., 8.2 reb., 2.9 assists, 2.7 steals, 44.5 FG%
CSummer ErbSr.6-6N.C. StateLakewood, Ohio 15.8 pts., 8.4 reb., 55.5 FG%
GMarie FerdinandJr.5-9LSUMiami, Fla. 17.4 pts., 5.3 assists, 4.6 reb., 2.6 steals, 49.4 FG%
GJackie StilesJr.5-8SW Missouri St.Claflin, Kan. 27.0 pts., 4.4 reb., 2.1 assists, 48.8 FG%, 46.2 3FG%, 86.0 FT%
FOURTH TEAM Cl.Ht.CollegeHometownKey Statistics
FLaToya ThomasFr.6-2Miss. StateGreenville, Miss. 20.7 pts., 7.8 reb., 56.8 FG%
FKatie DouglasJr.6-1PurdueIndianapolis, Ind. 21.3 pts., 6.5 reb., 4.7 assists, 2.5 steals, 44.0 FG%, 82.9 FT%
CJanell BurseJr.6-5TulaneNew Orleans, La. 19.8 pts., 10.1 reb., 2.8 blocks, 59.7 FG%
GSemeka RandallJr.5-10TennesseeCleveland, Ohio 14.2 pts., 5.1 reb., 1.8 steals, 42.9 FG%
GSue BirdSo.5-9ConnecticutSyosset, N.Y. 10.6 pts., 4.5 assists, 2.6 reb., 50.5 FG%, 48.6 3FG%, 88.9 FT%
FIFTH TEAM Cl.Ht.CollegeHometownKey Statistics
FMaylana MartinSr.6-3UCLAPerris, Calif. 17.4 pts., 8.5 reb., 54.9 FG%
FKaralyn ChurchSr.6-0VermontGuelph, Ontario 20.2 pts., 7.9 reb., 2.1 steals, 64.8 FG%
CJamie CassidySr.6-4MaineMethuen, Mass. 21.2 pts., 9.0 reb., 2.6 blocks, 51.9 FG%, 82.0 FT%
GBetty LenoxSr.5-8La. TechIndependence, Mo. 17.6 pts., 6.2 reb., 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals, 47.3 FG%, 80.0 FT%
GLinda FrohlichSo.6-0UNLVOldendorf, Germany 21.9 pts., 11.3 reb., 4.0 assists, 3.4 steals, 46.7 FG%




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