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Janning Earns WBCA All-Region

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.

The All-Region honorees are as follows:

Region 1        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Breanna Stewart University of Connecticut Sophomore Forward 6'4"
Stefanie Dolson University of Connecticut Senior Center 6'5"
Bria Hartley University of Connecticut Senior Guard 5'8"
Marissa Janning Creighton University Sophomore Guard 5'8"
Brittany Hrynko DePaul University Junior Guard 5'7"
Jasmine Penny DePaul University Senior Forward 6'1"
Shoni Schimmel University of Louisville Senior Guard 5'9"
Sara Hammond University of Louisville Junior Forward 6'2"
Katherine Plouffe Marquette University Senior Forward 6'3"
Keena Mays Southern Methodist University Senior Guard 5'7"
Courtney Williams University of South Florida Sophomore Guard 5'8"
Aliyyah Handford St. John's University Sophomore Guard 5'9"
Region 2        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Tricia Liston Duke University Senior Guard 6'1"
Natasha Howard Florida State University Senior Forward 6'3"
Alyssa Thomas University of Maryland Senior Forward 6'2"
Markeisha Gatling North Carolina State University Senior Center 6'5"
Kayla McBride University of Notre Dame Senior Guard 5'11"
Jewell Loyd University of Notre Dame Sophomore Guard 5'10"
Dearica Hamby Wake Forest University Junior Forward 6'3"
Region 3        
Name Institution Year Position Height
DeNesha Stallworth University of Kentucky Senior Forward 6'3"
Tiffany Mitchell University of South Carolina Sophomore Guard 5'9"
Aleighsa Welch University of South Carolina Junior Forward 6'0"
Meighan Simmons University of Tennessee Senior Guard 5'9"
Isabelle Harrison University of Tennessee Junior Center 6'3"
Christina Foggie Vanderbilt University Senior Guard 5'9"
Jasmine Lister Vanderbilt University Senior Guard 5'4"
Region 4        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Rachel Tecca University of Akron Senior Forward 6'1"
Alexis Rogers Bowling Green State University Senior Forward 6'1"
Crystal Bradford Central Michigan University Junior Guard 6'0"
Jerica Coley Florida International University Senior Guard 5'7"
Ebony Rowe Middle Tennessee State University Senior Senior Forward 6'1"
Chastity Gooch Western Kentucky University Junior Forward 6'0"
Region 5        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Odyssey Sims Baylor University Senior Guard 5'8"
Nina Davis Baylor University Freshman Forward 5'11"
Hallie Christofferson Iowa State University Senior Forward 6'3"
Chelsea Gardner University of Kansas Junior Forward 6'3"
Aaryn Ellenberg University of Oklahoma Senior Guard 5'7"
Tiffany Bias Oklahoma State University Senior Guard 5'6"
Asya Bussie West Virginia University Senior Center 6'4"
Region 6        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Samantha Logic University of Iowa Junior Guard 5'9"
Rachel Banham University of Minnesota Junior Guard 5'9"
Amanda Zahui B. University of Minnesota Freshman Center 6'5"
Jordan Hooper University of Nebraska Senior Forward 6'2"
Maggie Lucas Penn State University Senior Guard 5'10"
Region 7        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Tyonna Outland California State University, Bakersfield Junior Guard 5'9"
Madi Buck University of North Dakota Senior Forward 6'0"
Kacie Sowell Seattle University Senior Forward 6'2"
Kayla Woodward University of Wyoming Junior Forward 5'11"
Region 8        
Name Institution Year Position Height
Brittany Boyd University of California, Berkeley Junior Guard 5'9"
Cassie Harberts University of Southern California Senior Forward 6'2"
Chiney Ogwumike Stanford University Senior Forward 6'3"
Michelle Plouffe University of Utah Senior Forward 6'4"

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