Paris shines again as All-America center

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Courtney Paris has been the model of consistency in her college career. It's something she learned growing up.

The Oklahoma center has done just that, racking up 61 consecutive games with double-figure scoring and rebounding and becoming the first player selected her first two years for The Associated Press All-America team in women's basketball.

North Carolina senior Ivory Latta also was a first-team repeater from last year.

Also chosen were Tennessee sophomore Candace Parker, who was a second-team selection last season; Duke senior Lindsey Harding, who helped lead the Blue Devils to a perfect 29-0 record in the regular season, and Ohio State senior Jessica Davenport.

Parker was a first-team pick on 49 of the 50 ballots from the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25, receiving 248 points. The voting was done before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Paris had 46 first-team votes and 242 points, while Harding had 44 and 234, Latta 38 and 218 and Davenport 20 and 188.

Harding's college career ended when she missed two free throws last Saturday with 0.1 seconds left with Duke trailing Rutgers by a point in the Greensboro Regional semifinals.

Parker, who played on the U.S. team that won a bronze medal last year at the world championships, will be joined in the national pool by Harding, Davenport and Paris.

The four players will spend time in Italy in April when the U.S. team heads there for a training trip.

Maryland's Crystal Langhorne led a trio of juniors on the second team, along with Stanford's Candice Wiggins and Louisiana State's Sylvia Fowles. Middle Tennessee senior Chrissy Givens and Louisville sophomore Angel McCoughtry rounded out the second team.

The third team included Purdue's Katie Gearlds, North Carolina's Erlana Larkins, Duke's Alison Bales, Mississippi's Armintie Price and Georgia's Tasha Humphrey.

The preseason All-America team was Paris, Parker, Latta, Wiggins and Langhorne.

Joining Paris and Latta on last year's first team was Seimone Augustus of LSU, Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers and Sophia Young of Baylor.

FIRST TEAM


- Candace Parker, Tennessee, 6-4, sophomore, 19.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.8 blocks, 1.9 steals, .520 fg pct (49 first-place votes, 248 points)


- Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, 6-4, sophomore, 23.6 ppg, 16.2 rpg, 3.5 blocks, .567 fg pct (46, 242)


- Lindsey Harding, Duke, 5-8, senior, 14.0 ppg, 3.9 apg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 steals (44, 234)


- Ivory Latta, North Carolina, 5-6, senior, 16.4 ppg, 4.5 apg, 98 3-pointers, 1.6 steals, .841 ft pct (38, 218)


- Jessica Davenport, Ohio State, 6-5, senior, 20.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.8 blocks, .599 fg pct (20, 188)


- Associated Press


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