MIAMI (March 27, 2012) -- Sophomore standout Jerica Coley has earned 2012 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention honors, announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Coley becomes the fourth player in FIU women's basketball history and the first since 1999 to earn AP All-America recognition, joining Panther greats Andrea Nagy (1995 - Third Team), Albena Branzova (1995 - Honorable Mention) and Dalma Ivanyi (1998 - Honorable Mention; 1999 - Third Team) on the list. Coley is the only player representing the Sun Belt Conference among the 2012 AP All-America Teams.
This season, Coley led FIU (23-11) to its first 20-win campaign in the last 10 years as the Panthers posted their second-straight, 10-win conference season and advanced to their second-consecutive SBC Championship semifinal. FIU would then earn an at-large bid to the Postseason WNIT, advancing to the postseason event for the first time since 2005-06. The Panthers went on to topple Stetson at home before suffering a season-ending loss at USF.
Coley became the first player in FIU women's basketball history to be named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2012 and was also named to the First Team All-SBC squad. The first-team honor marked the first of Coley's career after being selected to the second team as a freshman.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Coley joined the 1,000-Point Club this season, becoming the sixth player in program history to achieve 1,000 career points in two seasons. In just 66 career contests, Coley has scored 1,295 career points, a mark which ranks 12th all-time at FIU.
The point guard led FIU in four statistical categories - points (794, 23.4 ppg), rebounds (241, 7.1 rpg), assists (140, 4.1 apg) and blocks (65, 1.9 bpg) - and finished the season ranked atop the SBC in scoring, blocks and minutes played (39.4 mpg), while also ranking second in free throw percentage (.835) and fourth in assists (4.1 apg). As of March 26, Coley ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring.
A three-time SBC Player of the Week selection in 2011-12, Coley reached double-digits in scoring in 33 of FIU's 34 games and finished the campaign with 24, 20-plus point outings and eight 30-plus point performances. Coley posted four double-doubles on the year to put her career total at seven, while notching career-high marks of 36 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, seven blocks and six steals throughout the campaign.
2012 Associated Press All-America Teams
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Shenise Johnson, Miami
Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Julie Wojta, Green Bay
Tiffany Hayes, UConn
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
Elizabeth Williams, Duke
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
Riquna Williams, Miami
Honorable Mention: Courtney Clements, San Diego State; Jerica Coley, FIU; Shante Evans, Hofstra; Angel Goodrich, Kansas; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Rachel Hackbarth, Drake; Bria Hartley, Connecticut; Tayler Hill, Ohio State; Jordan Hooper, Nebraska; Courtney Hurt, VCU; Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan; Glory Johnson, Tennessee; Maggie Lucas, Penn State; Anna Martin, DePaul; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut; Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame; Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame; Michelle Plouffe, Utah; Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State; Niveen Rasheed, Princeton; Kristen Riley, BYU; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly; Kayla Standish, Gonzaga; Davellyn White, Arizona
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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