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Pohlen named first team All-American by AP

 

Stanford senior point Jeanette Pohlen successfully completed her transition from her original spot as the off guard to one of the nation's top point guards.

Pohlen earned first team All-American honors from the Associated Press it was announced Tuesday.

Pohlen helped guide Stanford back to the Final Four for the fourth consecutive year. She had a career-high 31 points to lead the Cardinal to their victory over Connecticut that snapped the Huskies' record 90-game winning streak.

"Oh wow," said Pohlen, also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. "That is such an honor; I can't put it into words. I can only really thank my coaches and teammates for that. They have confidence in me."

Cardinal junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike received second-team honors and senior Kayla Pedersen was an honorable mention.

Elsewhere, Connecticut senior Maya Moore became only the second four-time All-American when she was so honored by AP.

Baylor's Brittney Griner, Texas A&M's Danielle Adams and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender were also voted onto the first team.

"It's really special and something that I'm sure I will really appreciate more when I look back on it years from now," said Moore, who along with former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris are the only four-time recipients. "I've been blessed to have had really good teammates to play with over my career."

Although Moore played down the achievement, her coach Geno Auriemma had plenty of praise for his star.

"You take the points she's scored, rebounds, steals, you add it all up, you would be hard pressed to find somebody who's had a better career than that at Connecticut or anywhere else for that matter," Auriemma said.

Moore received 195 points and was a unanimous choice by the 39-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

It's the third straight year that Moore was a unanimous choice.

Griner, a second-team All-American last season, helped Baylor win the Big 12 championship for the first time in six years. The 6-foot-8 sensational sophomore changes the game on both ends of the floor with her ability to alter shots and to finish on offense.

"Coach always tells me when I realize how good I am it will be something special, and I don't think that I've really recognized how good I am or can be," Griner said.

Lavender earned All-American honors for the second straight year. The Ohio State center put up huge numbers all season long for the Buckeyes, who had a roller-coaster year. Ohio State won its third straight Big Ten tournament championship before falling to Tennessee in the regional semifinals.

"We went through some struggles this season, and I think that helped me stay focused and become an even better leader for my team," said Lavender, whose team lost four of five games in the middle of the regular season.

Adams became the first Texas A&M player to make the first team. She has helped guide the Aggies to their first 30-win season and second trip to the regional finals.

"It was a goal for me at the beginning of the season to make the All-American team," she said. "I've worked so hard for it, and I'm so happy and honored that I made the team. Putting that hard work in all offseason and this season just to prepare for this moment."

Also named to the second team were Oklahoma senior Danielle Robinson (from Mitty High), Xavier senior Amber Harris, Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot, and Duke senior Jasmine Thomas.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/AP

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