Ballard Garners WBCA All-America Honorable Mention
TAMPA, Fla. – LSU junior guard Danielle Ballard secured Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention as announced Saturday.
The WBCA selection committee chose its 10-member WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team from the 52 WBCA All-Region picks announced last week. The remaining 42 players garnered WBCA All-America Honorable Mention status.
Ballard came away with a team-leading 14.5 points 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.9 assists per game. She was the only SEC player to rank among the league’s Top 10 in four of the five major statistical categories during conference play (steals – 1st; points – 6th; rebounds – 8th; assists – 10th).
Ballard racked up her four best scoring performances of the season against ranked opponents. She poured in a career-high tying 25 points during LSU’s win over No. 10 Kentucky after she notched 24 point and 10 rebounds to spark LSU’s double overtime victory at No. 15 Mississippi State. Those two efforts enabled Ballard to claim ESPNU/USBWA/SEC Player of the Week honors.
Ballard collected double figures in 14 of her 17 appearances which included a career-long stretch of 12 consecutive games capped by 22 points and 10 rebounds versus No. 18 Texas A&M at the SEC Tournament.
Ballard hauled down 5.2 of her 7.2 rebounds on the defensive end. She became the newest member of LSU’s 500 rebounds club and will enter her senior campaign 23 points shy from reaching 1,000 for her career.
LSU has collected four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 trips under head coach Nikki Caldwell. The Lady Tigers also have secured a trio of 20-plus win seasons and have reached at least 10 SEC victories three times under Caldwell.
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2015 WBCA All-America Team
Name, School, Position, Year
Brittany Boyd, California, G, Sr.
Nina Davis, Baylor, F, So.
Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut, G, Jr.
Samantha Logic, Iowa, G, Sr.
Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, G, Jr.
Kalenna Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, F, Sr.
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina, G, Jr.
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, F, Jr.
Elizabeth Williams, Duke, F/C, Sr.
Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota, C, So.
2015 WBCA All-America Honorable Mention
Name, School, Position, Year
Danielle Ballard, LSU, G, Jr.
Stacey Barr, Idaho, G, Sr.
Dietrick Blake, Princeton, G, Sr.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, G, Sr.
Lexie Brown, Maryland, G, So.
Adut Bulgak, Florida State, C, Jr.
Marquelle Dent, Wyoming, G, Jr.
Aundrea Gamble, Arkansas State, G, Jr.
Chelsea Gardner, Kansas, F, Sr.
Chastity Gooch, Western Kentucky, F, Sr.
Alexis Govan, Western Kentucky, G, Sr.
Allisha Gray, North Carolina, G, So.
Reshanda Gray, California, F, Sr.
Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State, C, Jr.
Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest, F, Sr.
Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s, G, Jr.
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee, C, Sr.
Bria Holmes, West Virginia, G, Jr.
Andrea Hoover, Dayton, G, Sr.
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, G, Sr.
Niya Johnson, Baylor, G, Jr.
Ashia Jones, Tennessee-Martin, F, So.
Jonquel Jones, George Washington, F, Jr.
Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh, G, Sr.
Sina King, Akron, F, Sr.
Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State, G, Jr.
Kelsey Minato, Army, G, Jr.
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State, G, Fr.
Nikki Moody, Iowa State, G, Sr.
Mimi Mungedi, Nevada, C, Sr.
Amber Orrange, Stanford, G, Sr.
Tyonna Outland, Cal State Bakersfield, G, Sr.
Aerial Powers, Michigan State, F, So.
Kelsey Plum, Washington, G, So.
Diasha Simmons, Seton Hall, G, Sr.
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, G, Sr.
Brianna Turner, Notre Dame, F, Fr.
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M, G, Jr.
Deanna Weaver, Boise State, G, Sr.
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina, F, Sr.
Courtney Williams, USF, G, Jr.
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina, F, Fr.