ATLANTA, GA -- Texas A&M’s Takia Starks (Houston, Texas) is among the best of the best as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 40 NCAA Division I finalists in contention for the 2008 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team Monday.
The 40 finalists, who were chosen from 52 regional finalists by the State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team committee, are now in the running for selection to the prestigious 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. Past recipients include notable names in the women’s game including Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Connecticut’s Diana Taurasi, USC’s Lisa Leslie and Texas Tech’s Sheryl Swoopes.
Starks, a 5-foot-8 All-Big 12 First Team shooting guard, is currently averaging a team-leading 16.8 points per game which ranks fourth-best among Big 12 scoring leaders this season. She earned her second career honor on the All-Big 12 First Team and became the 19th player in school history to record 1,000 career points (1,390) which currently ranks fifth all-time in the A&M annals. A 2008 Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award candidate, Starks has reached double figures in 32 of 33 games played with seven 20-point outbursts. She and the eighth-ranked Aggies are making their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and first as a program-best No. 2 seed. Starks was named Most Outstanding Player leading A&M to its first-ever Big 12 Tournament title.
In addition, 5-foot-11 junior combination guard/forward Danielle Gant (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was honored as a regional finalist and is currently averaging a team-leading 7.4 rebounds and 14.8 points per game. A two-time Big 12 Player of the Week and All-Big 12 First Team selection, she currently ranks 11th all-time in the A&M record books with 1,109 career points to date. Gant is shooting a team-best 52.6 percent from the floor and has turned in five double-double performances this season.
The State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team will be announced at the 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 6 & 8 in Tampa, Fla.