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Basketball honors for Stanford senior, incoming freshmen

 
Senior guard Brittany McPhee was named to the 2017-18 Academic All-American Division I second team on Monday. Photo by Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com.

Stanford senior guard Brittany McPhee was named to the Academic All-American Division I second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and announced Monday.

McPhee becomes the ninth academic All-American in program history, joining Erica McCall, Chiney Ogwumike, Kristin Folkl, Kate Starbird, Chris MacMurdo, Julie Zeilstra, Jeanne Ruark Hoff and Louise Smith, and her award is the 217th for a Stanford student-athlete all-time.

A human biology major with a 3.71 cumulative GPA, McPhee was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year two weeks ago and was also honored at the 2017 Final Four as women's basketball's Elite 90 award winner, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.

McPhee, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, is averaging career highs in points (17.0), rebounds (5.0), assists (2.4) and steals (1.2) this season. A two-time national player of the week, she has scored 20+ nine times and is one of 11 Power 5 conference guards in the country averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. McPhee scored 31 of her career-high 33 in Stanford's 78-65 upset at No. 6 Oregon on Feb. 4, the first 30-point road performance for a Stanford player against a top-10 team since 2007.

The senior became Stanford's 39th 1,000-point scorer in its win over No. 25 Arizona State on Jan. 26 and is currently 30th on the Cardinal's all-time scoring list with 1,207. She led the Pac-12 in scoring in the month of February, averaging 22.9 per game, which was the 19th-best mark in the country. McPhee will become the first Stanford guard to average more than 15 points per game in a season since Candice Wiggins in 2007-08 (20.2).

McPhee has participated in research at the Longaker Laboratory on campus, investigating stem cells and their ability to reduce scarring and is active in charitable causes throughout the community. Part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she's a spiritual care volunteer at Stanford Hospital, delivering communion to those unable to attend mass, and also visits Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, playing games, interacting and spending time with patients at one of the country's foremost pediatric care facilities.

Prep All-America Recognition

Incoming freshmen Jenna Brown and Lexie Hull were named WBCA High School Coaches' All-America honorable mention.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association acknowledged the 30 best prep players in the country. Ten were named 2018 WBCA High School Coaches' All-Americans and 20 received honorable mention accolades.

Brown was named to the five-member Naismith High School Girls' All-America first team early last week and has also been selected to participate in both the McDonald's All American Game on March 28 in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 8 in Brooklyn.

After missing her junior season recovering from a torn ACL, the five-star talent averaged 25 points and nine rebounds in leading The Lovett School in Atlanta to a 25-5 record, a 14-0 mark in Region 5-AAA and the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class AAA state tournament.

As a sophomore in 2015-16 she played in all 30 games and averaged 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.3 blocks to help her team to an 18-12 record and state tournament appearance. She started 28 games as a freshman with averages of 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals. The Lions went 21-9 record and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament.

A USA Basketball veteran, Brown won bronze alongside current Cardinal Maya Dodson at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup in Zaragoza Spain.

Hull, the Seattle Times' girls co-state player of the year along with her twin sister Lacie, led Central Valley to its second Class 4A state championship, averaging 20.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in an undefeated season. She was named the state tournament MVP and had a career 100-6 record in high school.

Another five-star recruit and the No. 16 overall player in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, Hull averaged 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a junior and was the 2016-17 Gatorade Washington Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

During the other state championship run in 2015-16, Hull averaged 18.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 28 games and was also voted state tournament most valuable player. She scored 13.8 points and pulled down 6.3 rebounds as a freshman.

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