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SEC sees four named to USBWA Women's All-America Team

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Four SEC student-athletes were named to the 2019-20 U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women's All-America Team.

For the second time this postseason, University of Kentucky sophomore guard Rhyne Howard has been tabbed a first-team All-America honoree. Last week, Howard became the first player in program history to earn first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press. She is the fifth Kentucky player in program history to earn first-team All-America honors from a major organization, joining Pam Browning (1977, Street and Smith's), Valerie Still (1981, 82, 83, Street and Smith's), Dunlap (2010, USBWA and WBCA) and Mathies (2012, USBWA). Howard became the 11th All-America honoree in program history last season when she earned All-America honorable mention by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

South Carolina freshman Aliyah Boston and senior Tyasha Harris earned spots on the All-Amerca Second and Third teams, respectively. It is the second organization to recognize the pair for their roles in the Gamecocks' success this season.

The SEC Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, Boston powered her way onto the national stage in her college debut, becoming the first in NCAA Div. I women's basketball history to post a triple-double in her first career game. She did not let up after that, posting 13 double-doubles, including seven against ranked opponents. Averaging 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds on the season, she routinely lifted her game in the big moments to average a double-double against SEC teams (13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and against ranked opponents (13.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg). The All-SEC First-Team selection and Lisa Leslie Award finalist was a force on both sides of the ball, ranking sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (.608) and 21st in blocks per game (2.61). Boston is also a finalist for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year honors and on the Wooden Award National Ballot.

Harris picked up All-SEC First-Team honors and a spot on the SEC All-Tournament team after guiding the Gamecocks to the second SEC Regular-Season Championship and third SEC Tournament crown of her career. Her steady leadership included a career-high 12.0 points per game, an SEC-best 5.7 assists per game, which ranked 12th in the country this season, and the nation's 10th-best assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.78. Harris' assist numbers climbed both in SEC games (5.9 apg) and against ranked opponents (6.4 apg). Between her own scoring and points off her assists, the senior had her hands on 30.7 percent of the Gamecocks' total offense with that number jumping to 34.9 percent in 14 games against ranked opponents. Harris claimed The Dawn Staley Award this season and is a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award and the Naismith Trophy as well.

Texas A&M Junior guard Chennedy Carter was named to the USBWA All-American Second Team, becoming the first player in program history to receive the honor twice in a career. With Carter earning her second USBWA All-American second team selection, she becomes the only player in A&M history to have two USBWA All-America distinctions in a career. Danielle Adams (2010-11) and Kelsey Bone (2012-13) both received the honor in their respective years. Prior to 2017-18, the organization announced a single 10-member team. The All-American is now in a league of her own, having earned seven separate All-American selections throughout her career. She is a three-time Associated Press, two-time USBWA and two-time Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American.

Tennessee's Rennia Davis was among those earning honorable mention by the USBWA. Davis, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Jacksonville, Fla., earned national distinction from the USBWA for the first time in her career, coming on the heels of being named AP All-America Honorable Mention last week and All-SEC First Team the week before. Tennessee's leading scorer and rebounder, Davis averaged career bests of 18.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season, which are the sixth and seventh-best ever, respectively, by a UT junior. Her scoring average is the best by a Lady Vol since Candace Parker averaged 21.3 ppg. in 2007-08. Against ranked teams, Davis put up even better numbers, averaging 19.8 points per contest against those squads.

USBWA, formed in 1956, has named a women's All-America team since the 1987-88 season. The association has also named a national player of the year - now known as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award - since 1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90.