USC's Boston, Harris selected to All-America teams


NEW YORK - South Carolina may have finished with the No. 1 ranking in women's college basketball this season, but it didn't have a first team All-American. However, the Gamecocks do have one on the second and third teams, respectively.

USC freshman post player Aliyah Boston was named to The Associated Press second team, while senior point Tyasha Harris was selected to the third team.

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu has joined an elite group, becoming a 3-time All-American.

The Oregon senior shattered the NCAA career triple-double mark and became the first player in college history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. She earned a spot on All-America first team Thursday as a unanimous choice from the national media panel that votes on the Top 25 each week.

She was joined on the first team by Oregon teammate Ruthy Hebard, Baylor's Lauren Cox, Kentucky's Rhyne Howard and UConn's Megan Walker.

Boston, the 6-foot-5-inch freshman, helped Carolina to a 32-1 record. She averaged 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She had a field goal percentage of 60.9.

Harris, a 5-10 senior, averaged 12.1 points and 5.7 assists. She connected on 86.7% of her free throw attempts.

Ionescu is the eighth player in women's basketball history to earn AP All-America honors three times. The last was South Carolina's A'ja Wilson.

Baylor's Brittney Griner, Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke's Alana Beard, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and UConn's Breanna Stewart and Maya Moore are the only other players to earn first-team honors at least three times. Paris and Moore were All-Americans all four years.

Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles.

Hebard was on the receiving end of many of those passes and averaged 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament.

Oregon teammate Satou Sabally made the second team, giving the second-ranked Ducks three of the top 10 players in the country.

Cox earned first-team honors for the first-time. The senior post averaged 12.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while blocking nearly 2.7 shots a game. She only played in 22 of the Lady Bears 30 games because of a stress reaction in her foot early in the season.

Howard did nearly everything for Kentucky this season. The sophomore guard averaged 23.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and hit 84 3-pointers. She is the Wildcats' first women's player to be a first-team All-American.

Walker gave UConn a first-teamer for the seventh consecutive season. Walker, who declared she was entering the WNBA draft and not returning for her senior season, averaged 19.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 47.7% from the field.

Joining Boston and Sabally on the second team were Chennedy Carter of Texas A&M, Aari McDonald of Arizona and Dana Evans of Louisville.

On the third team with Harris were Michaela Onyenwere of UCLA, Kathleen Doyle of Iowa, Elissa Cunane of North Carolina State and Kaila Charles of Maryland.

Ionescu, Cox, Carter, Charles and Miami's Beatrice Mompremier made up the preseason All-America team.