The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Tuesday that Baylor guard Odyssey Sims and forward/post Nina Davis were both named All-Region 5 nominees for the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team. The selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team from these 52 candidates.
The 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday, April 5, during NCAA® Women's Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Sims is a two-time WBCA All-American and Davis is one of just two freshmen nationally to receive WBCA All-Region honors. Minnesota center Amanda Zahui B. is the only other rookie listed.
Sims, a 5-8 senior guard, is averaging 28.5 ppg, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She is shooting .445 from the floor, .402 from 3-point range and .806 from the free throw line. With 996 points scored in 2013-14, Sims is four points shy of becoming just the second NCAA Division I women's player to score over 1,000 points in a season. Jackie Stiles (Missouri State) set the record in the 2000-01 season with 1,062. Sims, with 628 career assists and 254 treys, ranks No. 1 in both categories on Baylor's all-time list.
Davis, a 5-11 freshman forward/post, is averaging 15.1 points per game and ranks No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal shooting at 61.3 (201-328) percent. She is leading the league in rebounding at 8.9 per contest, including 3.9 offensive boards per game. Against ranked opponents this season, Davis is averaging 15.1 ppg and 11.6 rpg and shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
Sims and Davis are joined on the WBCA All-Region 5 team by Iowa State senior forward Hallie Christofferson, Kansas junior forward Chelsea Gardner, Aaryn Ellenberg, a senior guard from the University of Oklahoma, senior guard Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State and West Virginia senior center Asya Bussie.
Former Lady Bear Sophia Young became Baylor's first two-time WBCA All-American with selections in 2005 and `06. Suzie Snider Eppers was Baylor's first WBCA All-American in 1977, Sheila Lambert was honored in 2002 and Griner was a 2011, '12 and ‘13 selection and Sims is a two-time recipient (2012 and 2013). Griner was an honorable mention pick as a freshman in 2010 and Sims earned honorable mention kudos as a freshman in 2011.
The 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday April 5, during NCAA® Women's Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.
For a complete listing of all eight WBCA All-Region teams, please visit: http://www.wbca.org/blog/index.cfm/2014/3/25/WBCA-announces-AllRegion-nominees-for-2014-Division-I-Coaches-AllAmerica-Team/