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Aztec Basketball's Jené Morris Named State Farm Coaches' All-America Finalist

Jené Morris led the Aztecs in scoring with 16.1 points a contest in 2008-09.
Jené Morris led the Aztecs in scoring with 16.1 points a contest in 2008-09.

March 26, 2009

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State junior guard Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) is among a group of just 40 players from across the nation to be named a finalist for the 2009 State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Thursday.

The 40 finalists were chosen by WBCA-member coaches from a group of 52 regional nominees. Morris is now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team, which will be announced on April 4 at 7:45 a.m. PT from the Final Four in St. Louis, Mo.

Morris led the Aztecs to the program's first NCAA tournament bid in 12 years and the team's first NCAA victory in 15 seasons, before falling in the second round to second-ranked Stanford. She averaged a team-best 16.1 points per game, scoring 20 or more points eight times and eclipsing the 30-point barrier on three occasions in 2008-09, including a 35-point performance vs. DePaul.

She led the league in steals in both overall (3.33/g) and conference-only (2.94/g) outings, ranking seventh nationally and becoming the first Aztec to record 100 steals in a season since Falisha Wright in 1993-94. Morris had three or more steals in 20 of her 30 games, including a league-high eight on two occasions, which are the most by an Aztec since 2002.

Morris' other honors this season include being named the 2009 MWC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-conference, MWC all-defensive team, MWC Championship all-tournament team and four-time MWC player of the week.

SDSU ended the year with a 24-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in conference play, capturing a share of its first-ever Mountain West Conference regular season title and advancing to its second consecutive MWC championship game.

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Jayne Appel

Stanford Univ.

Jr.

C

6'4

Chante Black 

Duke Univ.

Sr.

C

6'5

Whitney Boddie

Auburn Univ.        

Sr.

G

5'9

DeWanna Bonner

Auburn Univ.        

Sr.

G

6'4

Sha Brooks

Univ. of Florida     

Sr.

G

5'8

Tina Charles

Univ. of Connecticut

Jr.

C

6'4

Kristi Cirone   

Illinois State Univ.

Sr.

G

5'8

Alysha Clark  

Middle Tennessee St. Univ.

Jr.

F

5'10

Marissa Coleman

Univ. of Maryland

Sr.

G/F

6'1

Siarre Evans

East Tennessee State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'11

Danielle Gant 

Texas A&M Univ. 

Sr.

G/F

5'11

Allison Hightower

Louisiana State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'11

Ashley Houts  

Univ. of Georgia

Jr.

G

5'6

Briann January

Arizona State Univ.          

Sr.

G

5'8

Jantel Lavender

Ohio State Univ.   

Soph.

C

6'4

Shalee Lehning

Kansas State Univ.

Sr.

G

5'9

Lyndra Littles

Univ. of Virginia    

Sr.

G/F

6'1

Rashanda McCants

Univ. of North Carolina

Sr.

G/F

6'1

Angel McCoughtry

Univ. of Louisville

Sr.

F

6'1

Danielle McCray

Univ. of Kansas    

Jr.

G

5'11

Renee Montgomery

Univ. of Connecticut

Sr.

G

5'7

Maya Moore

Univ. of Connecticut

Soph.

F

6'0

Jené Morris

San Diego State Univ.

Jr.

G

5'9

Deirdre Naughton

DePaul Univ.

Jr.

G

5'10

Courtney Paris

Univ. of Oklahoma

Sr.

C

6'4

Ta'Shia Phillips

Xavier Univ.

Soph.

C

6'6

Rachel Porath

Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Sr.

G

5'10

Epiphanny Prince

Rutgers Univ.

Jr.

G

5'9

Takia Starks   

Texas A&M Univ.

Sr.

G

5'8

Kristi Toliver

Univ. of Maryland

Sr.

G

5'7

Courtney Vandersloot

Gonzaga Univ.           

Soph.

G

5'8

Kia Vaughn

Rutgers Univ. 

Sr.

C

6'4

Ashley Walker

Univ. of California, Berkeley

Sr.

F

6'0

Morgan Warburton

Univ. of Utah  

Sr.

G

5'11

Natasha Williams

DePaul Univ.

Sr.

F

6'3

Danielle Wilson

Baylor Univ.   

Jr.

C

6'3

Christina Wirth

Vanderbilt Univ.         

Sr.

F

6'1

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton

Purdue Univ.  

Sr.

F

6'2

Monica Wright

Univ. of Virginia         

Jr.

G

5'11

Shavonte Zellous

Univ. of Pittsburgh

Sr.

G

5'11