OMAHA, Neb. - Sophomore Marissa Janning earned Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region recognition, making her a candidate for WBCA All-America honors on Tuesday, March 25.
The WBCA announced today the All-Region nominees for the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team. The selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team from 52 candidates that were recognized as All-Region.
The BIG EAST Player of the Year, Janning closed her sophomore season with a conference best 599 points (17.6 ppg). She led Creighton with 132 assists, free throws (141) , free throw attempts (165) as well as free throw percentage (.855). Janning became just the third player in Creighton history to reach the 1,000-point mark in two seasons or less during the Bluejays' last home game of the 2013-14 season. The sophomore guard was one of eight BIG EAST Conference players to eclipse the 30-point mark this season and one of just four to do it on multiple occasions, including a league-high point total of 38 against Georgetown on Feb. 5.
In addition to Janning, four other players from the BIG EAST Conference achieved All-Region recognition as DePaul's Jasmine Penny and Brittany Hrynko as well as Marquette's Katherine Plouffe and St. John's Aliyyah Handford each were a member of the Region 1 team.
The selection committee uses an equation to determine a fair number of nominees from each region. The number of Division I institutions in each region is divided by the number of Division I institutions overall to determine a percentage for each region. This percentage is then multiplied by 52 (the total number of desired finalists) to get the number of finalists for each region.
The 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday April 5, during NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.