March 12, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with Eastman Kodak Company, announced the finalists Thursday for the 2000 NCAA Division I Kodak Women's All-America Basketball Team, and University of Oklahoma 5-10 senior forward Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) was one of the 48 finalists named.

Whaley was one of six players named to the Kodak All-District V Team. This is the first such honor of Whaley's career. A total of 10 players are chosen annually for elite Kodak All-America honors.

She currently ranks No. 14 nationally in scoring (20.6 ppg) and also leads the Sooners in rebounding (8.2 ppg), field goal percentage (534), and three point accuracy (.479).

Whaley earlier this month was named to the Women's Basketball News Service All-American first team and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and All-Big 12 first team selection.

Whaley leads the 23-7 Sooners into the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament Saturday, March 18 against Brigham Young (22-8).

The 48 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical districts, are now in the running for selection to the 10-member Kodak All-America Team. Finalists are the following:

District 1

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Svetlana AbrosimovaJr.6'2"ForwardUniversity of Connecticut
Shea RalphJr.6'0"GuardUniversity of Connecticut
Ruth RileyJr.6'5"CenterUniversity of Notre Dame
Cal BouchardSr.5'7"GuardBoston College
Shawnetta StewartSr.5'10"GuardRutgers University
Diana CaramanicoJr.6'2"ForwardUniversity of Pennsylvania
Jess ZinobileSr.6'0"ForwardSt. Francis College

District 2

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Summer ErbSr.6'6"CenterNorth Carolina State University
Georgia SchweitzerJr.6'0"GuardDuke University
Lucienne BerthieuJr.6'2"ForwardOld Dominion University
LaQuanda BarksdaleJr.5'11"ForwardUniversity of North Carolina
Schuye LaRueFr.6'3"ForwardUniversity of Virginia
Svetlana VolnayaJr.6'1"ForwardUniversity of Virginia

District 3

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Tamika CatchingsJr.6'1"ForwardUniversity of Tennessee
Kelly MillerJr.5'10"GuardUniversity of Georgia
Semeka RandallJr.5'10"GuardUniversity of Tennessee
LaToya ThomasFr.6'2"Forward/GuardMississippi State University
Leslie McElrathJr.6'0"ForwardGeorgia State University
Deana NolanJr.6'0"Guard/ForwardUniversity of Georgia

District 4

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Dawn ZermanSr.5'7"Point GuardKent State University
Tiffany BellJr.6'2"CenterUniversity of Buffalo
Shelsea ErvingSr.6'0"ForwardWestern Michigan University
Cheryl BowlesJr.6'4"CenterUniversity of Akron
Janet HoltSo.6'0"ForwardTennessee Technological University
Diane SengSr.6'2"CenterTennessee Technological University

District 5

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Edwina BrownSr.5'10"Guard/ForwardUniversity of Texas
Grace DaleySr.5'8"GuardTulane University
Tamicha JacksonSr.5'6"GuardLouisiana Tech University
Phylesha WhaleySr.5'10"ForwardUniversity of Oklahoma
Lynn PrideSr.6'2"Guard/ForwardUniversity of Kansas
Betty LennoxSr.5'8"GuardLouisiana Tech University

District 6

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Tauja CatchingsSr.6'1"Forward/GuardUniversity of Illinois
Helen DarlingSr.5'7"Point GuardPenn State University
Katie DouglasJr.6'1"Guard/ForwardPurdue University
Andrea GarnerSr.6'3"CenterPenn State University
Jackie StilesJr.5'8"GuardSouthwest Missouri State University
Stacey ThomasSr.5'10"ForwardUniversity of Michigan

District 7

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Raylene HowardSr.5'11"GuardUniversity of Hawaii
Linda FroelichSo.6'2"ForwardUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas
Karlin KennedySr.6'1"ForwardSouthern Methodist University
Jill AdamsSr.6'3"CenterBrigham Young University
Marla BrumfieldSr.5'9"GuardRice University
D'Dra RuckerJr.5'11"GuardSouthern Methodist University

District 8

NameClassHeightPositionSchool
Maylana MartinSr.6'3"ForwardUniversity of California, Los Angles
Erin BuescherJr.6'3"GuardUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Tracy MorrisSr. 6'2"ForwardSt. Mary's College
Alli NiemanSr.6'1"ForwardUniversity of Idaho
Rhonda SmithSr.6'8"CenterCalifornia State University, Long Beach
Shaquala WilliamsSo.5'6"GuardUniversity of Oregon