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Five Big 12 Players Make AP Women’s Basketball All-America Team

Iowa State women's basketball player Ashley Joens

Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith was one of five Big 12 players to be named to the Associated Press Women’s All-America team released on Wednesday.

Iowa State forward Ashley Joens and Kansas State center Ayoka Lee made the second team. Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson and Texas guard Rori Harmon were named honorable mention.

Smith, the Big 12 Player of the Year, is averaging a double-double this season, scoring 22.5 points and grabbing 11.5 rebounds. She has 23 double-doubles and has six games of at least 30 points this season as the Bears prepare for the NCAA Tournament later this week. She is the reigning Wade Trophy winner, given to the national player of the year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

 

Joens was an honorable mention All-American last year. The All-Big 12 First Team selection is now Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer as the Cyclones prepare to start the NCAA Tournament on Friday. She is averaging 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 37.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Lee put herself on the map by setting the NCAA Division I record for points in a game with 61 against Oklahoma. An All-Big 12 First Team pick, Lee is averaging 22.4 points, 10.2 points and three blocks per game as the Wildcats prepare for the NCAA Tournament. This is her third selection to an All-America team so far this season (The Athletic, Sports Illustrated).

Harmon was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, along with selection to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team, Defensive Team and Second Team. She was named the most outstanding player in the Big 12 Tournament after leading the Longhorns to their first title since 2003. Harmon is now averaging 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game. The Longhorns start the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

 

Robertson is the all-time leading 3-point shooter in Big 12 history, male or female. She helped the Sooners reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons. She is averaging 17 points, 4.8 rebounds and three assists per game. She shoots a team-leading 45.2 percent from the 3-point line.

2021-22 AP Women’s All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM

Aliyah Boston, South Carolina

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

NaLyssa Smith, Baylor

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky

Naz Hillmon, Michigan

Haley Jones, Stanford

 

SECOND TEAM

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

Ashley Joens, Iowa State

Aneesah Morrow

Khayla Pointer, LSU

Elissa Cunane, NC State

THIRD TEAM

Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech

Maddy Siegrist, Villanova

Veronica Burton, Northwestern

Cameron Brink, Stanford

Angel Reese, Maryland

HONORABLE MENTION (alphabetical order)

Shakira Austin, Mississippi; Kiersten Bell, Florida Gulf Coast; Katie Benzan, Maryland; Grace Berger, Indiana; Paige Bueckers, UConn; Nia Clouden, Michigan State; Jennifer Coleman, Navy; Zia Cooke, South Carolina; Monika Czinano, Iowa; Jasmine Dickey, James Madison; Emily Engstler, Louisville; Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo; Shaylee Gonzales, BYU; Destanni Henderson, South Carolina; Rori Harmon, Texas; Jordan Horston, Tennessee; Abby Meyers, Princeton; Olivia Miles, Notre Dame; Ashley Owusu, Maryland; Cate Reese, Arizona; Taylor Robertson, Oklahoma; Jacy Sheldon, Ohio State; Christyn Williams, UConn; Macee Williams, IUPUI; Katelyn Young, Murray State.

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