March 16, 2011
ATLANTA - University of Houston senior forward Courtney Taylor was named an All-Region selection for the 2011 State Farm Coaches' All-America Team for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Wednesday.
The State Farm Coaches' All-America Team selection committee will review these 52 candidates on March 21 and trim the list to 40 finalists, all of whom will be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.
Taylor was one of six student-athletes named to the Region 4 team, joining Kourtney Brown (Buffalo), Tacarra Hayes (Tennessee Tech), Lauren Prochaska (Bowling Green), Chastity Reed (Arkansas - Little Rock) and Naama Shafir (Toledo).
Taylor earned her second-consecutive Conference USA Player of the Year honor this season, marking only the fourth time in C-USA history a student-athlete has earned the accolade more than once, while garnering the league's top defensive honor for the first time in her career. Taylor became only the second player in Houston history to be named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (Nicole Oliver - 2002).
The Crockett, Texas, native garnered first-team accolades for the third-consecutive season, as well as being named to the All-Defensive Team for the third time in her storied career. Taylor put together another outstanding campaign with 15.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Taylor led the league in rebounds and defensive rebounds (8.5 rpg), while ranking third in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage (50.5) and offensive rebounds (3.0 rpg), seventh in blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and steals (2.2 spg) and eighth in free-throw percentage (75.2).
Taylor, who earned five C-USA Player of the Week honors this season, continued to climb the Houston career charts and is prominent in nearly every statistical category. The highlight came on Jan. 20 at UAB when Taylor grabbed her 1,012th-career rebound to set the all-time Houston record. Taylor became only the second player in school history and one of six all-time in C-USA with 1,000-career points and rebounds. Taylor also holds the school record and ranks second in C-USA history with 60-career double-doubles.
The senior forward also ranks first in Houston history in defensive rebounds (822), while ranking second in rebounding average (10.0) and offensive rebounds (342), third in made free-throws (376), free-throw attempts (556), blocked shots (142), games started (111) and minutes played (3,504), fifth in points scored (1,667), made field goals (627), field-goal attempts (1,291) and steals (212) and seventh in field goal percentage (48.6).
The Cougars will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005 at 4:10 p.m. CT on Sunday when they face No. 9 seed West Virginia at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.