March 31, 2009
Senior forward Ashley Walker was named to the Associated Press All-American third-team in post season honors released on Tuesday. The AP All-American team was voted on prior to the NCAA Tournament and is the first All-American list to be released for the 2008-09 season. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson was an honorable mention.
Walker, who finished her Cal career on Sunday as the second leading scorer and top rebounder in program history, earned her first Associated Press All-American nod after twice earning post season AP All-American honorable mentions (2008 and 2007). She was a Sports Illustrated second-team All-American in 2008 and a 2008-09 pre-season Sporting News All-American.
Walker, a 2009 All-Pac-10 first-team honoree, led the conference in scoring this season, averaging 19.8 points per game. She tied her career high with a 32-point performance against No. 24 Virginia to propel the Bears to their first-ever NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance.
Walker is a finalist for several national player of the year awards and under consideration for other All-American honors that will be released within the next few weeks.
Gray-Lawson was second on the Cal team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Gray-Lawson had one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the country, with 102 assists to 67 turnovers. She spent most of the season ranked No. 3 in the Pac-10 for three-point shooting accuracy. This is her first All-American honorable mention.
Complete List of Associated Press All-Americans:
First Team Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Maya Moore (Connecticut), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Angel McCoughtry (Louisville), Kristi Toliver (Maryland).
Second Team DeWanna Bonner (Auburn), Jayne Appel (Stanford), Marissa Coleman (Maryland), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), Tina Charles (Connecticut).
Third Team Ashley Walker (California), Shavonte Zellous (Pittsburgh), Epiphanny Prince (Rutgers), Chante Black (Duke), Alysha Clark (Middle Tennessee State).
Honorable Mentions Whitney Boddie (Auburn), Jessica Breland (North Carolina), Sha Brooks (Florida), Kristi Cirone (Illinois State), Robyn Fairbanks (Utah Valley), Rachele Fitz (Marist), Megan Frazee (Liberty) Danielle Gant (Texas A&M), Alexis Gray-Lawson (California), Allison Hightower (LSU), Ify Ibekwe (Arizona), Briann January (Arizona State;), Laura Kurz (Villanova), Shalee Lehning (Kansas State), Lyndra Littles (Virginia), Rashanda McCants (North Carolina), Danielle McCray (Kansas), Mandy Morales (Montana), Deirdre Naughton (DePaul), Ashley Paris (Oklahoma), Ta'Shia Phillips (Xavier), Tracy Pontius (Bowling Green), Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Takia Starks (Texas A&M), Morgan Warburton (Utah), Jennifer Warkenthien (South Dakota State), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga), Danielle Wilson (Baylor), Christina Wirth (Vanderbilt), Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue), Monica Wright (Virginia).