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Irish Insights

File | Associated Press

Diggins named AP 1st-team All-American

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins repeated as an Associated Press first-team All-American selection.

Diggins was named to the first team for second year in a row Tuesday and is part of a squad that includes Baylor's Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Delaware's Elena Delle Donne.

Griner and Diggins received 200 points and were unanimous choices by the 40-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. It's the sixth straight season that there has been at least one unanimous choice.

"This means a lot to me," Diggins told the AP. "I was fortunate enough to have a school like Notre Dame in my backyard, and this is an honor that I share with all my coaches and teammates."

The 5-foot-9 senior guard averages 17.1 points, 5.9 assists and 3 steals. She became the Irish's all-time scoring leader after scoring 27 points in Sunday's 93-63 win over Kansas in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.

Diggins has 2,323 career points, passing Notre Dame associate coach Beth Cunningham's 2,322 points. She is also the school's all-time steals leader with 372.

Notre Dame, which won a second straight Big East regular-season title and its first conference tournament crown this season, had two other players receive recognition from the AP.

Kayla McBride, a 5-9 junior guard, was named a third-team All-American. She average 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Natalie Achonwa, a 6-3 junior forward, received an honorable mention. She averages 13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

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 Gray, 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.