AP All-America team includes honorable mention for FGCU’s Bell

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Kierstan Bell (#1) transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University last fall and says she has treasured this season.(Credit: FGCU Women’s Basketball)

Florida Gulf Coast’s Kierstan Bell received an honorable mention nod from The Associated Press as it named this year’s All-America women’s team.

Bell is the highest-rated recruit to ever play for the Eagles, and the 2020-21 season was spectacular for the sophomore guard. She was named ASUN Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, was voted to the All-ASUN first team, was named ASUN Player of the Week six times and ASUN Newcomer of the Week 10 times. She also was named ASUN Tournament MVP and was named to the ASUN All-Tournament team.

Among the Ohio State transfer’s accomplishments this season is the single-game scoring record at FGCU with 42 points and 15 rebounds against Jacksonville on Feb. 21.

Bell’s next stop is the NCAA women’s tournament, where the 11-seed Eagles will play 6-seed Michigan on Sunday.

2020-21 AP All-America team

Paige Bueckers, UConn, 5-11, freshman, Hopkins, Minn., 19.7 ppg, 53.9 fg pct, 6.1 apg, 2.29 steals (28 of 30 first-place votes, 146 points)

Dana Evans, Louisville, 5-6, senior, Gary, Ind., 20 ppg, 43.2 fg pct, 4.2 apg, (25, 140)

Aliyah Boston, South Carolina, 6-5, sophomore, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 13.69 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 50.2 fg pct, 1.6 apg, 2.9 blocks (21, 127)

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky, 6-2, junior, Cleveland, Tenn., 20.7 ppg, 44.8 fg pct, 3.5 apg, 2.32 steals (16, 117)

NaLyssa Smith, Baylor, 6-2, junior, Converse, Texas, 18.1 ppg, 54.3 fg pct (16, 114)

Second Team
Elissa Cunane, NC State, 6-5, junior, Summerfield, N.C., 16.8 ppg, 57.0 fg pct (13, 107)

Naz Hillmon, Michigan, 6-2, junior, Cleveland, Ohio, 25.1 ppg, 63.7 fg pct (11, 97)

Aari McDonald, Arizona, 5-7, senior, Fresno, Calif., 19.3 ppg, 38.9 fg pct, 4.5 apg, 2.71 steals (8, 96)

Caitlin Clark, Iowa, 6-0, freshman, West Des Moines, Iowa, 26.7 ppg, 47.0 fg pct, 7.2 apg (3, 70)

Charli Collier, Texas, 6-5, junior, Mont Belvieu, Texas, 20.1 ppg, 51.3 fg pct, 1.2 blocks (3, 58)

Third Team
Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State, 6-4, senior, Lufkin, Texas, 19.8 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 53.1 fg pct, 4.1 blocks, 2.04 steals (0, 53)

Ashley Owusu, Maryland, 6-0, sophomore, Woodbridge, Va., 18.3 ppg, 48.5 fg pct, 5.8 apg (0, 44)

Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA, 5-11, senior, Aurora, Colo., 18.7 ppg, 41.8 fg pct (0, 42)

Kiana Williams, Stanford, 5-8, senior, San Antonio, Texas, 14.3 ppg, 42 fg pct (2, 31)

Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas, 5-11, senior, Sapulpa, Okla., 22.2 ppg, 42.7 fg pct, (1, 26)

Honorable Mention: Kierstan Bell, Florida Gulf Coast; Katie Benzan, Maryland; Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State; Rennia Davis, Tennessee; Kysre Gondrezick, West Virginia; Arella Guirantes, Rutgers; Lauren Gustin, BYU; Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana; Cece Hooks, Ohio; Ashley Joens, Iowa State; Haley Jones, Stanford; N’dea Jones, Texas AM; Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn; Aisha Shepherd, Virginia Tech; Jill Townsend, Gonzaga; Christyn Williams, UConn; Aaliyah Wilson, Texas A&M; Jen Wirth, Gonzaga.

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