DeWanna Bonner Named Finalist For State Farm Coaches' All-America Team
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March 24, 2008

Atlanta, Ga. - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association, in cooperation with State Farm, announced the finalists for the 2008 State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team for Division I on Monday. DeWanna Bonner was named one of 40 finalists, who were chosen from the 52 regional finalists by the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team committee, and are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America team.

"I am really excited to have been named a finalist for the All-America team," Bonner said. "It is an honor to be considered one of the top 40 players in the country. There are some very talented players on this list and I happy to be recognized with them."

Bonner, a native of Fairfield, Ala., led Auburn on both sides of the ball this season and became just the second ever Tiger player to lead the team in scoring and rebounding three consecutive years. She is the league's second leading scorer with 18.4 points and grabbed an SEC best 10.0 rebounds per game. Both averages rank her in the top 30 in the nation.

Bonner was Auburn's leading scorer in 18 of the 31 contests she has played in and notched 15 double-doubles in that span. Bonner also ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals, blocks, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds.

A first team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches and the Associated Press, Bonner ranks ninth all-time at Auburn in scoring with 1,446 points and rebounding with 758 boards. She is one of only six players ever to be in the top 10 in both categories.

She finished this season ranked fourth in career scoring average (15.7), third in rebounding average (8.2), second in free throws made (382), third in free throws attempted (497), fourth in free throw percentage (76.9) and 10th in blocks (84).

Bonner concluded her junior campaign, fifth on the season record books for points (571) and rebounds (311), second in free throws made (168) and attempted (207), seventh in scoring average (18.4) and fifth in rebounding average (10.0).

 

 

She also became the all-time leading rebounder for the junior class during the Arkansas game in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Bonner averaged 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in the SEC Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team, becoming the first Auburn player since Tara Williams in 1997 to receive the honor.

The Tigers concluded their 2007-08 campaign in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Stanford, Calif. Auburn fell 66-56 to No. 20 George Washington on March 22 and concluded the year with a 20-12 ledger and were 7-7 in SEC play.

The State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team for NCAA Division I will be announced at the press conference at the Tampa Hyatt Regency on April 5, at 9:45 a.m. ET.

Below is a list of the 40 finalists:
Kate Achter, Bowling Green
Matee Ajavon, Rutgers
Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin
Jayne Appel, Stanford
Kimberly Beck, George Washington
Chate Black, Duke
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn
Essence Carson, Rutgers
Tina Charles, Connecticut
Kristi Cirone, Illinois State
Sylvia Fowles, LSU
Devanei Hampton, California
Amber Holt, Middle Tennessee
Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee
Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
Amanda Jackson, Miami (Ohio)
Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Erlana Larkins, North Carolina
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Angel McCoughtry, Louisville
Leilani Mitchell, Utah
Renee Montgomery, Connecticut
Maya Moore, Connecticut
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Candace Parker, Tennessee
Epiphanny Prince, Rutgers
LaToya Pringle, North Carolina
Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State
Diamond Rogers, UAB
Olayinka Sanni, West Virginia
Takia Starks, Texas A&M
Angela Tisdale, Baylor
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Ashley Walker, California
Marcedes Walker, Pittsburgh
Khadijah Whittington, N.C. State
Candice Wiggins, Stanford
Christina Wirth, Vanderbilt
Monica Wright, Virginia