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Grace Berger and Ali Patberg Named WBCA Region Finalist

 

ATLANTA – Indiana guards sophomore Grace Berger and redshirt junior Ali Patberg have been named region finalist for the 2020 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America. The duo is part of 10 players selected from Region 4. The selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team from these 52 candidates.

 

Patberg led Hoosiers with 15.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, earning All-Big Ten honors and finishing as one of 10 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation’s top point guard. She started in all 32 games where she also added 4.6 rebounds per game, shot 49 percent from the floor and 38.6 percent from the 3-point line. In addition, the redshirt junior guard dished out 168 assists this season, which ranks fourth in a single season in school history, as she also held a +2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. Patberg scored in double figures 26 times including the last 15 consecutive games, scored 20 or more points seven times and led the team in scoring in 18 games. The Columbus, Ind. native was also a variety of national award lists this season including the Wooden Award watch list, Naismith Trophy watch list and midseason team, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list.

 

In a breakout sophomore campaign, Berger was the team’s second leading scorer with 13.1 points per game which led to All-Big Ten first team honors. The Louisville, Ky. native also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a team-high 1.4 steals per game while she paced IU in scoring five times and had four 20-point or more scoring games. Berger shot 45.6 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free throw line while scoring in double figures 21 times. She improved her scoring by 7.6 points from her freshman season while also tripling her made 3-pointers this season.

 

The 2020 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team will be announced Thursday, April 2.

 

REGION 1

 

Name School
Bella Alarie Princeton University
Bre Cavanaugh Fordham University
Elissa Cunane North Carolina State University
Nicki Ekhomu Florida State University
Dana Evans University of Louisville
Kiah Gillespie Florida State University
Haley Gorecki Duke University
Stella Johnson Rider University
Jazmine Jones University of Louisville
Beatrice Mompremier University of Miami
Jocelyn Willoughby University of Virginia

 

REGION 2

 

Name School
Aliyah Boston University of South Carolina
Jessika Carter Mississippi State University
Chennedy Carter Texas A&M University
Rennia Davis University of Tennessee
Tyasha Harris University of South Carolina
Rhyne Howard University of Kentucky
Rickea Jackson Mississippi State University
Erica Ogwumike Rice University
Chelsey Perry University of Tennessee at Martin
Alexis Tolefree University of Arkansas

 

REGION 3

 

Name School
Brittany Brewer Texas Tech University
Te’a Cooper Baylor University
Lauren Cox Baylor University
Crystal Dangerfield University of Connecticut
Vivian Gray Oklahoma State University
Keri Jewett-Giles Florida Gulf Coast University
Ashley Joens Iowa State University
Antoinette Miller University of Cincinnati
Olivia Nelson-Ododa University of Connecticut
NaLyssa Smith Baylor University
Ilmar’l Thomas University of Cincinnati
Megan Walker University of Connecticut
Christyn Williams University of Connecticut

 

REGION 4

 

Name School
Grace Berger Indiana University
Kaila Charles University of Maryland
Kathleen Doyle University of Iowa
Arella Guirantes Rutgers University
Naz HIllmon University of Michigan
Becca Hittner Drake University
Dorka Juhasz Ohio State University
Ali Patberg Indiana University
Lindsey Pulliam Northwestern University
Chante Stonewall DePaul University

 

REGION 5

 

Name School
Ruthy Hebard University of Oregon
Sabrina Ionescu University of Oregon
Aari McDonald University of Arizona
Michaela Onyenwere University of California – Los Angeles
Mikayla Pivec Oregon State University
Satou Sabally University of Oregon
Destiny Slocum Oregon State University
Kiana Williams Stanford University

 

The selection committee uses an equation to determine an equitable number of finalists from each region. The number of NCAA Division I institutions in each region is divided by the number of NCAA 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.