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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hartley named to State Farm All-American team

UConn sophomore guard Bria Hartley was among the 10 players named to the State Farm/WBCA All-American, the most prestigious All-American squad in women's college basketball.

Hartley played her way onto the team with some standout performances against the best competition. She had a season high 25 points in regular-season games against Baylor and Notre Dame, had 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the Big East final against Notre Dame and has averaged 17.3 points in UConn's four NCAA tournament games.

“I think it was very special and maybe even more so for her mom and dad,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “Bria didn't tell them and said 'I want to surprise them. Well they sat right across from the bench Bria and when they didn't see you sitting on the bench the surprise was gone.’”
All joking aside it was very meaningful for Hartley, who needs just 13 points in Sunday’s game against Notre Dame in the national semifinal to become the third UConn sophomore to hit the 1,000-point plateau. By earning All-American honors, she will become the next women’s player inducted into the Huskies’ of Honor.

“It is real exciting,” Hartley said. “We always say that we don’t have a real superstar on the team.  It is an award for the whole team and how we came together, how we all play together. It is still an honor to be named to this team definitely was a dream come true. I think I worked really hard.

“I thought there were times when I had my (struggles) and I think I could have done more. I am pretty happy with the season I had.”
Hartley was UConn’s third-leading scorer with an average of 13.9 points per game, is second on the team with 137 assists and third with steals. There were other players who had gaudier statistics than Hartley but few could match her performances against the elite competition.
“Her numbers were brought up with people who don't play against them and you say '25 against Baylor, (19) against Stanford, big numbers against big teams,'” said DePaul coach Doug Bruno, a member of the All-American selection committee. “She played Notre Dame three times, Stanford, Carolina, Duke, A&M, her numbers were good.”
Joining Hartley on the team were Stanford’s sister tandem of Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Tennessee’s Glory Johnson, Shenice Johnson of Miami, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and Elena Delle Donne of Delaware.
Delle Donne originally enrolled at UConn but left after 48 hours before enrolling in her home state school.

She led the nation in scoring and was thrilled to be considered among the best of the best.
“It was a great experience to be named with all these phenomenal players and it has been a goal of mine ever since I started to play basketball,” Delle Donne said. “I am thrilled that I am able to accomplish this.”

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Anonymous Lorena Wood said...

Congratulations to Hartley. Now that UConn has an All-American, does that mean Auriemma did not coach his best ever? How is this All-American team so different than the one that Hayes is third team? What are the criteria for both? Seems odd.

4:47 PM 
Anonymous Joe Hall said...

How is it Hartley did not even make 3rd team AP All America but made State Farm? With Hayes, it was just the opposite. Did the UConn reputation have an effect on voters for both awards? What are your thoughts on the difference between the 2 teams?

8:50 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

Different people vote on both awards. I vote for the AP and had Bria on the second team and Tiffany on the third team for what it's worth.

10:35 PM 
Anonymous Joe Hall said...

Thanks for the reply

8:26 AM 

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