Stricklen named to WBCA/State Farm All-American team

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ( -- University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball junior forward Shekinna Stricklen was named to the 10-player Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm All-America team on Saturday morning at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Stricklen becomes the 20th Lady Vol all-time to earn a spot on the prestigious State Farm (formerly Kodak) Coaches All-America Team. She is the first Tennessee player named to the team since Candace Parker captured the honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt and her staff were on hand at the All-America team announcement. “I am really proud of Shekinna’s development and making a difference for our team,” Summitt said. “It was special for us to be with her and share in this moment today. This season Shekinna really stepped up and provided leadership for our team through her hard work on the court.”

Stricklen was the do-it-all player for the Orange & White in 2010-11. A 6’2” native of Morrilton, Ark., Stricklen averaged 12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg and shot 48.9 percent from the floor this season, while playing point guard, on the wing and in the post for the number four ranked Lady Vols who were the 2011 SEC regular season and 2011 SEC tournament champions.

Along the way, Stricklen picked up numerous honors including the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) 10-player All-America Team; the Associated Press All-America (third team), as well as the 2011 SEC Tournament MVP, 2011 SEC Player of the Year award from the league’s coaches, and First Team All-SEC from the coaches and the media. She also captured All-Tournament honors from the NCAA Tournament Dayton Regional as the Lady Vols lost to Notre Dame to finish the season at 34-3 on March 28.

This season, Stricklen had 11 double-doubles and a season-high scoring mark of 26 points, including six three-pointers, at Arkansas on Jan. 30. She became the 35th Lady Vol to score 1,000 career points on Dec. 22 versus ETSU, and will head into her senior season ranked No. 23 on the all-time Big Orange scoring chart with 1,343 points. She has started all 104 games of her Lady Vol career. Last season, she was named an honorable mention All-American by the AP in 2009-10 and was the USBWA Rookie of the Year in 2009.

Also joining Stricklen on the team: Danielle Adams (Texas A&M), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Amber Harris (Xavier), Shenise Johnson (Miami), Jantel Lavendar (Ohio State), Maya Moore (Connecticut), Nnemka Ogwumike (Stanford) and Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga).

UT teammate Glory Johnson was also named to the WBCA/State Farm Coaches’ Honorable Mention All-America Team. A 6’3” junior post and a Knoxville native, Johnson was one of 30 players who earned the HM distinction after their consideration for the 10-player first team.

Lady Vol State Farm/Kodak All-Americans:
Shekinna Stricklen, 2011
Candace Parker, 2008, 2007, 2006
Shyra Ely, 2004
Kara Lawson, 2003
Tamika Catchings, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
Semeka Randall, 2000, 1999
Chamique Holdsclaw, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Nikki McCray, 1995, 1994
Lisa Harrison, 1993
Dena Head, 1992
Daedra Charles, 1991, 1990
Bridgette Gordon, 1989, 1988
Shelia Collins, 1985
Tanya Haave, 1983
Mary Ostrowski, 1982
Cindy Noble, 1981
Jill Rankin, 1980
Holly Warlick, 1980
Cindy Brogdon, 1979, 1978
Patricia Roberts, 1977

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