2022 NCAA Women's Basketball All-Americans

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An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.[1] The 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for the 2021–22 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Both AP and USBWA choose three teams, while WBCA lists 10 honorees.

A consensus All-America team in women's basketball has never been organized. This differs from the practice in men's basketball, in which the NCAA uses a combination of selections by AP, USBWA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and Sporting News to determine a consensus All-America team. The selection of a consensus All-America men's basketball team is possible because all four organizations select at least a first and second team, with only the USBWA not selecting a third team.

Before the 2017–18 season, it was impossible for a consensus women's All-America team to be determined because the AP had been the only body that divided its women's selections into separate teams. The USBWA first named separate teams in 2017–18. The women's counterpart to the NABC, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), continues the USBWA's former practice of selecting a single 10-member (plus ties) team. Sporting News does not select an All-America team in women's basketball.

By selector[edit]

Associated Press (AP)[edit]

Announced on March 16, 2022; listed in order of votes received. Of note:[2]

  • Rhyne Howard became the ninth player to be selected as a three-time first-team All-American.
  • Aliyah Boston, Caitlin Clark, and NaLyssa Smith were unanimous first-team selections.
  • Naz Hillmon and Haley Jones tied for the fifth spot, resulting in a six-member first team. This was the first such tie since the AP started selecting women's All-Americans in 1995.
First team Second team Third team
Player School Player School Player School
Aliyah Boston South Carolina Ayoka Lee Kansas State Elizabeth Kitley Virginia Tech
Caitlin Clark Iowa Ashley Joens Iowa State Maddy Siegrist Villanova
NaLyssa Smith Baylor Aneesah Morrow DePaul Veronica Burton Northwestern
Rhyne Howard Kentucky Khayla Pointer LSU Cameron Brink Stanford
Naz Hillmon Michigan Elissa Cunane NC State Angel Reese LSU
Haley Jones Stanford

AP Honorable Mention[edit]

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United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA)[edit]

The USBWA announced its 15-member team, divided into first, second, and third teams, plus honorable mention selections, on March 17, 2022. Vote totals were not released.[4]

First team Second team Third team
Player School Player School Player School
Aliyah Boston South Carolina Elissa Cunane NC State Cameron Brink Stanford
Caitlin Clark Iowa Ashley Joens Iowa State Destanni Henderson South Carolina
Naz Hillmon Michigan Haley Jones Stanford Elizabeth Kitley Virginia Tech
Rhyne Howard Kentucky Ayoka Lee Kansas State Khayla Pointer LSU
NaLyssa Smith Baylor Aneesah Morrow DePaul Maddy Siegrist Villanova

USBWA Honorable Mention[edit]

Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)[edit]

The WBCA announced its All-America team on March 31, 2022, with Aliyah Boston announced as the Wade Trophy recipient.[5]

Player School
Aliyah Boston South Carolina
Cameron Brink Stanford
Caitlin Clark Iowa
Elissa Cunane NC State
Naz Hillmon Michigan
Rhyne Howard Kentucky
Ashley Joens Iowa State
Haley Jones Stanford
Elizabeth Kitley Virginia Tech
NaLyssa Smith Baylor

Academic All-Americans[edit]

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA; renamed in September 2022 as College Sports Communicators) announced its 2022 Academic All-America team on March 16, 2022, divided into first, second and third teams, with Aliyah Boston of South Carolina chosen as women's college basketball Academic All-American of the Year for the second straight season. Due to a tie for the fifth spot on the second team, the overall team had 16 members instead of the usual 15.[6]

First Team
Player School Class GPA and major
Aliyah Boston[a] South Carolina Jr. 3.74, Mass Communications
Caitlin Clark Iowa So. 3.53, Pre-Business
Lexie Hull[b] Stanford Sr. 3.90, Management Science & Engineering (UG & G)
Ayoka Lee[c] Kansas State GS 3.89/4.00, Couple & Family Therapy (G)
Sam Thomas[b] Arizona GS 4.00/4.00, Educational Leadership (G)
Second Team
Player School Class GPA and major
Conley Chinn[d] Belmont Sr. 4.00, Psychology
Vivian Gray[e] Texas Tech GS 3.77/3.75, MBA (G)
Caitlyn Harper California Baptist Sr. 4.00, Accounting
Lacie Hull Stanford Sr. 3.89, Product Design (UG) / Management Science & Engineering (G)
Dariauna Lewis[d] Alabama A&M Sr. 3.84, Biology
Myah Selland[c] South Dakota State Sr. 3.97, Exercise Science / Community & Public Health
Third Team
Player School Class GPA and major
Sam Breen UMass GS 3.74/3.90, Learning, Media, & Technology (G)
Veronica Burton Northwestern Sr. 3.78, Learning & Organizational Change
Mary Crompton Illinois State GS 4.00/4.00, Biology (UG & G)
Makenna Marisa Penn State Jr. 3.75, Education
Erin Whalen Dayton GS 3.87/3.88, Communication (G)
  1. ^ Academic All-American of the Year in 2020–21.
  2. ^ a b First team in 2020–21.
  3. ^ a b Second team in 2020–21.
  4. ^ a b Third team in 2020–21.
  5. ^ Third team in 2019–20 and first team in 2020–21.

Senior All-Americans[edit]

The 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, called Senior All-Americans, were announced on February 10, 2022.[7] Lexie Hull of Stanford was announced as the recipient on March 31, with the first and second teams also announced at that time.[8]

First team[edit]

Player Position School
Lexie Hull Guard Stanford
Rhyne Howard Guard Kentucky
Ali Patberg Guard Indiana
Sam Thomas Forward Arizona
Macee Williams Forward-center IUPUI

Second team[edit]

Player Position School
Elissa Cunane Center NC State
Naz Hillmon Forward Michigan
Morgan Jones Guard Florida State
Sonya Morris Guard DePaul
NaLyssa Smith Forward Baylor

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY.
  2. ^ "Associated Press' All-America team includes Kentucky Wildcats' Rhyne Howard, 9th women's basketball player ever to earn third first-team honors". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Jennifer Coleman Recognized as Honorable Mention AP All-American". patriotleague.org. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "USBWA Names 2021-22 Women's All-America Team" (Press release). United States Basketball Writers Association. March 17, 2022. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  5. ^ "Wade Trophy Winner Aliyah Boston Headlines 2022 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Team" (Press release). Women's Basketball Coaches Association. March 31, 2022. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  6. ^ "2021-22 Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Teams Announced For All NCAA and NAIA Divisions" (Press release). College Sports Information Directors of America. March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Men's and Women's Basketball Finalists Announced for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award" (Press release). Premier Sports Management. February 10, 2022. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  8. ^ "Stanford's Lexie Hull Wins 2021–22 Senior CLASS Award® for Women's Basketball" (Press release). Premier Sports Management. March 31, 2022. Retrieved March 31, 2022.