Karisma Penn: Honorable mention All-America

Karisma Penn: Honorable mention All-America


CHAMPAIGN — Illinois women’s basketball player Karisma Penn was selected honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press, the organization announced Tuesday.
It is the senior center’s first All-America honor and the first for an Illini player since Jenna Smith earned AP honorable mention status for the 2007-08 season.
Penn averaged team highs of 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.91 steals and 2.18 blocks per game while shooting a team-best 50.6 percent from the field. She was the only Division I player in the nation this season to rank among the top five in her conference in each of those categories.
The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native broke program records this season for career blocked shots (271) and attempted free throws (747) as well as for single-season offensive rebounds (125), made free throws (179) and attempted free throws (262).
Penn previously was selected All-Big Ten first team by media that cover the conference and All-Big Ten second team by the league’s coaches. She also was a top 30 finalist for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year Award.

First Team
Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, senior, Houston, 23.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 60.4 fg pct, 4.2 blocks (40 first-team votes, 200 total points)
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, 5-9, senior, South Bend, Ind., 17.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 82.0 ft pct, 3.1 steals (40, 200)
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-3, junior, Cypress, Texas, 22.4 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 57.4 fg pct, 1.8 blocks (39, 198)
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, senior, Wilmington, Del., 25.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 49.8 fg pct, 49.0 3-pt fg pct, 92.2 ft pct, 2.3 blocks (32, 184)
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, 5-8, junior, Irving, Texas, 12.5 ppg, 5.7 apg, 82.2 ft pct, 2.6 steals (17, 150)

Second Team
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, 6-2, junior, Harrisburg, Pa., 18.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 steals (13, 140)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, 6-0, sophomore, Anaheim Hills, Calif., 17.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 53.1 fg pct, 50.0 3-pt fg pct, 89.9 ft pct (10, 119)
Maggie Lucas, Penn State, 5-10, junior, Narberth, Pa., 20.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 47.5 3-pt fg pct, 89.6 ft pct, 2.2 steals (3, 80)
Chelsea Grey, Duke, 5-11, junior, Manteca, Calif., 12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.4 apg, 40.7 3-pt fg pct, 85.1 ft pct, 3.6 steals (3, 89)
A’dia Mathies, Kentucky, 5-9, senior, Louisville, Ky., 15.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 40.8 3-pt fg pct, 1.9 steals (1, 68)

Third Team
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M, 6-4, junior, Houston, 16.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 56.5 fg pct (0, 60).
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, 6-5, junior, Port Jervis, N.Y., 14.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 59.0 fg pct (0, 42)
Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, sophomore, Virginia Beach, Va., 15.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 52.4 fg pct, 2.9 blocks (0, 39)
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee, 5-9, junior, Cibolo, Texas, 17.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 84.5 ft pct, 1.5 blocks (0, 30)
Kayla McBride, Notre Dame, 5-11, junior, Erie, Pa., 15.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 91.5 ft pct, 1.5 steals (1, 24)

Honorable Mention
Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame; Kayla Alexander, Syracuse; Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Alex Bentley, Penn State; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State; Gennifer Brandon, California; Brandi Brown, Youngstown State; Brittany Chambers, Kansas State; Layshia Clarendon, California; Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State; Jerica Coley, Florida International.
Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma; Shante Evans, Hofstra; Kelly Faris, Connecticut; Angel Goodrich, Kansas; Tianna Hawkins, Maryland; Tayler Hill, Ohio State; Jordan Hooper, Nebraska; Chucky Jeffery, Colorado; Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech; Drey Mingo, Purdue; Lindsey Moore, Nebraska.
Jasmine Newsome, UT-Martin; Karisma Penn, Illinois; Michelle Plouffe, Utah; Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State; Niveen Rasheed, Princeton; Ebony Rowe, Middle Tennessee; Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, North Carolina; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Andrea Smith, South Florida; Markel Walker, UCLA; Toni Young Oklahoma State.

Illini top Tigers. David Kerian (two RBI), Jordan Parr, Thomas Lindauer and Justin Parr each had two hits, leading Illinois to a 6-2 baseball victory against Missouri at Busch Stadium.

Perry honored. Illinois’ Mark Perry was named the Division I Assistant Coach of the Year by The Amateur Wrestling News.

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1 illinifan wrote on April 02, 2013 at 4:04 pm

It must be too difficult for them to put a photo of who they are actually talking about since they rarely do it.

AJF-WBBFan wrote on April 04, 2013 at 9:04 am

Why would they post a picture of the player the article is talking about? That would make as much sense as printing the WNIT bracket in the paper when they do a nice article about the ladies playing in the WNIT. Since the paper printed the Women's NCAA bracket when they did the WNIT article, it must make sense to the person who decides those things. In my opinion, that person is NOT Smarter Than a 5th Grader or even smarter than a box of rocks!

I went to watch our ladies play in Toledo & talked with several of the nearby Toledo fans. They couldn't believe a local paper would be so unsupportive of a local team to print the bracket from a tournament the team wasn't playing in and not print the bracket from the tournament the team was playing in. Unfortunately, that's the norm for our paper!