March 19, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the second straight year, Wyoming senior Hanna Zavecz was among four individuals to be selected from Region 7 for the 2008 State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, announced the 52 regional finalists Wednesday. The State Farm Coaches' All-America Team selection committee will review these 52 candidates and cut the list to 40 finalists on Thursday, March 20. The 40 finalists will all be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.
A 6-0, forward, from Melbourne, Australia, Zavecz led the Cowgirls in several categories this season including scoring (13.9 points per game), rebounds (6.1 rpg), assists (3.6 aspg), steals (1.6 spg), blocked shots (1.6 bpg). She has shot .408 (561-1375) from the field, .703 (468-666) from the free throw line and .332 (146-440) from beyond the arc during her four-year career. She also ranked among the Top 15 in the MWC this year in several categories as she finished second in blocks, fourth in assist/turnover ratio, fifth in assists, seventh in scoring, 11th in steals and 12th in rebounding.
Zavecz has also made her mark as one of the top players in Cowgirl history. She is a three-time First Team All-MWC selection, while earning Second Team All-Conference during her freshman year. She earned Defensive Player of the Year honors twice and was named the MVP of the WNIT Tournament a year ago. For her career, Zavecz ranks among the Top 10 in 12 career categories in school history. She ranks second in free throws made, attempts, assists, blocked shots and steals. Fifth in three-point field goal attempts, field goal attempts, sixth in three point field goals made, seventh in field goals made and ninth in rebounds. She is also one of 16 players in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark and with 1,736 points ranks fourth all-time.
In an effort to establish a fair number of candidates from each region, an equation to determine the number of regional nominees was formulated. The total number of Division I institutions in each region is divided by the total number of Division I institutions to get a percentage for each region. Multiply 52 (the total number of desired finalists) by the percentage to get a total number of finalists for each region. The 52 regional finalists then go before the selection committee where the list is reduced to 40 finalists. These 40 finalists can come from any region.
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as an amateur sport for women and girls.
Below are the NCAA Division I Kodak/WBCA selections for Region 7:
Natalie Doma, Idaho State University, Sr., C, 6-3
Leilani Mitchell, University of Utah, Sr., G, 5-5
Mandy Morales, University of Montana, Jr., G, 5-9
Hanna Zavecz, University of Wyoming, Sr., F, 6-0