NEW YORK – Texas A&M’s A’Quonesia Franklin and Takia Starks were both named All-America Honorable Mention selections by The Associated Press after leading the nationally-ranked Aggies to a first-time appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight and first-ever Big 12 Conference Tournament title to cap off a record-setting 2007-08 campaign.
A&M finished the season having compiled the most victories in school history with a 29-8 overall record and a program-best No. 8 national ranking in the final AP Poll. Franklin and Starks both earned spots on the Oklahoma City Regional All-Tournament Team marking a first by any A&M player in 34 seasons of Aggie Basketball. The Aggies were seeded a school-record No. 2 in the regional and reached the Elite Eight by defeating 15th-seeded UTSA and 10th-seeded Hartford in the first and second rounds and then third-seeded Duke in the Sweet 16.
Franklin, a 2007 All-Big 12 Second Team honoree, closed out her four-year career ranked third all-time in the school record books with 627 career assists including a career single-season high of 173. It marked her second appearance on the AP All-America Honorable Mention list next to 2006 as a junior. A native of Tyler, Texas, she led the Big 12 for four-straight years in assist-to-turnover ratio including a 2.01 ratio which ranks 15th nationally as of April 1. In addition, Franklin leaves her mark as one of the top five all-time career assists leaders in the league. She also recorded 1,115 career points which ranks 12th all-time in the A&M annals.
Starks, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2007 and 2006, averaged a team-leading 16.3 points per game this season which marked a career-best single-season average. She is one of 40 finalists for the prestigious 10-member State Farm All-America Team to be announced on Saturday at the 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four. The Houston native was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament. She has registered 1,423 career points to date which ranks fifth all-time in school history. Starks becomes only the third player on four occasions to garner All-America honors next to former player Lisa Branch (1996) and Franklin (2006, 2007).
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