Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins repeated as an Associated Press first-team All-American selection.
Diggins was named to the first team for the 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 said. 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.
Purdue senior Drey Mingo also earned honorable mention. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 12.2 points and six rebounds for the Boilermakers, who went 25-9 and won the Big Ten tournament title for a second straight season.
Griner, Baylor’s 6-foot-8 star senior, became the fifth three-time AP All-American, joining Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Connecticut’s Maya Moore. Paris and Moore were the only two to earn the honor all four years.
That’s pretty special company, Griner said.
With Sims and Griner, it marked the sixth time that teammates were first team All-Americans. Connecticut has done it four times and Tennessee once.
I think they’re two of the best, period, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.
It’s hard to argue. Griner was unstoppable nearly all season, averaging 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks. She also had 11 dunks, including three in one game against Florida State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Ogwumike guided Stanford to its seventh straight conference tournament championship before the Cardinal lost in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament to Georgia. That ended a streak of five straight trips to the Final Four for the team.
She did all she could for the Cardinal, averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds.
While it was Chiney Ogwumike’s first time as an All-American, Delle Donne earned the honor for a second straight time.
She carried Delaware to unprecedented heights this year with a trip to the NCAA tournament regional semifinals for the first time. The 6-foot-5 senior ended her career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points, passing former stars Cheryl Miller, Holdsclaw and Moore.
Sims averaged 12.5 points and 5.7 assists for the Lady Bears, who lost in the regional semifinals to Louisville.
She almost rallied them from a 19-point second-half deficit, scoring 29 points in the loss.