March 29, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Kachine Alexander and sophomore Jaime Printy were named honorable mention All-Americans by the Associated Press Tuesday. Alexander and Printy were two of just 47 NCAA Division I women’s basketball student-athletes to earn Associated Press All-America honors.
Alexander is the first Hawkeye in school history to receive multiple All-America honors by the Associated Press, after earning the same award last season. This is Alexander’s third All-America recognition, as she was also named honorable mention All-America by both the Associated Press and WBCA as a junior.
Alexander is also one of 40 finalists for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team, which will be announced at the Final Four in Indianapolis.
Tuesday’s award is Printy’s first All-America recognition. She becomes the fourth Hawkeye to be honored by the Associated Press, joining Amy Herrig (1999), Cara Consuegra (2001) and Alexander (two-time honoree) as honorable mention members.
Printy is also the youngest Iowa player to earn All-America honors. Jennie Lillis (WBCA All-American) and Alexander both took home All-America awards as juniors.
“We are thrilled for Kachine and Jaime,” Head Coach Lisa Bluder said. “Both players worked extremely hard all season, and this is a tremendous honor for both players. They can say they were voted as two of the top 47 players in the country by the Associated Press. That’s an impressive achievement.” While at Iowa, Bluder and her staff have now guided five different players to a total of eight All-America honors.
Iowa was just one of nine teams to have multiple players selected to the Associated Press All-America teams. Tennessee, Stanford and Baylor had three players chosen, while Texas A&M, Xavier, DePaul, Miami (FL), Connecticut joined Iowa with two.
Alexander was a WBCA all-region pick, a first team all-Big Ten selection and was also one of six players named to the Big Ten all-Defensive team this season. She led the team with 9.5 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 14.5 points per contest. She recorded 10 double-doubles, and was one assist shy of a triple-double in Iowa’s NCAA Tournament game at Gonzaga.
Printy was a second team all-Big Ten pick by the league coaches and a third team selection by the media. She was Iowa’s leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, and also had a team-best .383 three-point percentage. Printy scored double figures in 27 of Iowa’s 31 games, including nine 20-point performances.
Five Big Ten student-athletes were named Associated Press All-Americans, four of which were seniors. Jantel Lavender (Ohio State) was a first team pick, while Amy Jaeschke (Northwestern) and Kalisha Keane (Michigan State) joined Alexander and Printy on the honorable mention squad.