March 28, 2002
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - For University of Oklahoma senior Stacey Dales, the honors continue to roll in. The Brockville, Ontario, guard was named to the 10-member Kodak All-America team during ceremonies today at the Women's Final Four in San Antonio.
Dales had already earned Associated Press and US Basketball Writers Association All-America honors for her efforts this season. The award today makes her a consensus All-American for the second consecutive year, another first for the Sooner senior and OU program.
The Kodak All-America Awards honor the best collegiate women's basketball players, based upon the present-year statistics and achievements; impact on the team; success of the team; sportsmanship and attitude; and academic eligibility. Members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association nominate student-athletes and district committee selects finalists. A national committee, made up of WBCA members, selects the 10-member national team.
Joining Dales on the 2002 team are Chantelle Anderson of Vanderbilt; Alana Beard of Duke; Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi of Connecticut; Sheila Lambert of Baylor; Kelly Mazzante of Penn State; Nicole Powell of Stanford; and LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State.
Dales and Thomas are the only repeat honorees from the 2001 team.
Already the most honored player in OU women's basketball history, Dales was named MVP of the Big 12 and NCAA West Regional tournaments; repeated as the Big 12 Player of the Year; repeated as a Verizon Academic All-American; was named 2002 Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year; and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year, the Naismith Player of the Year, ESPN The Magazine Point Guard of the Year, Nancy Lieberman-Cline Step Up Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard, and Senior CLASS Player of the Year awards.
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.
Kodak recognizes the accomplishments of young athletes and the positive recognition they bring to their school by displaying their talents on the basketball floor. The company has sponsored the Kodak Women's All-America Basketball Team for 29 years. In addition to its sponsorship of the Kodak All-America Team, Kodak is a worldwide sponsor of the Olympic Games.
Dales and her Sooner teammates will meet Duke in the national semifinal Friday at 6 p.m. as OU participates in its first ever NCAA Final Four. Tennessee and Connecticut will meet in the seconf semifinal at 8 p.m.