Shekinna Stricklen named third-team All-America

Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee was named to The Associated Press' All-America third team in women's basketball on Tuesday.

It marked only the second time since the All-America team was first honored in 1995 that no UT or Connecticut player made either the first or second team (2005-06).

Stricklen averaged 6.4 rebound and 15.2 points per game this season.

Baylor center Brittney Griner was a unanimous pick on the first team along with Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.

Griner and Ogwumike received first-team votes from all 40 members of the national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

The second team was Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor, Shenise Johnnson of Miami, Samantha Prahalis of Ohio State and Julie Wotja of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Meanwhile, UT’s Glory Johnson is a finalist for the WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year awarded by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The senior joins Griner, Chiney Ogwumike, Devereaux Peters of Notre Dame and Elizabeth Williams of Duke.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3 forward, led the Lady Vols in rebounding (9.8 per game) and blocked shots (1.2 per game) and was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

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Comments » 4

jt45 writes:

Not surprising considering the way the LVs have been treated by the media. Realistically I would have expected Johnson and Strickland to have made second team at the very least. Politics at its worst.

bigorange4life writes:

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Sorry, but I think 3rd team is about right. She never played at a consistent enough level to earn any higher status. Played great in spurts but then would disappear for large parts of the game.Johnson would be more deserving of AA status based on her effort. But this class as a whole just never achieved what they should have coming in.

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

Sorry I really like Shekinna but this should have been Glory Johnson. Nobody in basketball worked harder and had more value to her team.

butch31 writes:

Glory Johnson was snubbed BIG TIME!

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