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Sabrina Ionescu of the Oregon Ducks, Rhyne Howard of the Kentucky Wildcats, Ruthy Hebard of the Oregon Ducks, Lauren Cox of the Baylor Lady Bears and Megan Walker of the UConn Huskies are your 2019-20 NCAAW AP All-Americans.

In a season with no NCAA Tournament, Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu’s unfinished business remains unfinished. But she was still able to become one of the best college basketball players of all-time, while fellow preseason All-American Lauren Cox of Baylor battled through an injury to join her on the All-America First Team. Meanwhile, Rhyne Howard of Kentucky, Ruthy Hebard of Oregon and Megan Walker of UConn proved the preseason predictions wrong by rounding out the list of the five best players in the nation.

Associated Press All-America First Team:

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon Ducks senior guard

Ionescu, the reigning John R. Wooden Award winner, became the first player in NCAA Division I basketball history to surpass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career this season. She achieved career highs with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game this year, while also averaging 17.5 points.

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky Wildcats sophomore forward

Howard improved on a stellar freshman campaign with 23.4 points per game — good enough for second in the nation and first among Power 5 players.

Ruthy Hebard, Oregon Ducks senior forward

Hebard averaged 17.3 points and a career-best 9.6 rebounds as the Robin to Sabrina Ionescu’s Batman. She also led the nation with a field goal percentage of 68.5.

Lauren Cox, Baylor Lady Bears senior center

A foot injury caused Cox to miss nearly all of November and December, but she still managed to live up to her All-America expectations with 12.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

Megan Walker, UConn Huskies junior forward

Walker led the Huskies to a perfect AAC regular season and tournament, averaging 19.7 points per game while becoming one of the nation’s most well-rounded offensive threats. She was also good for 8.4 rebounds per contest.

Associated Press All-America Second Team:

  • Aliyah Boston, South Carolina Gamecocks freshman center
  • Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M Aggies junior guard
  • Satou Sabally, Oregon Ducks junior forward
  • Aari McDonald, Arizona Wildcats junior guard
  • Dana Evans, Louisville Cardinals junior guard

Associated Press All-America Third Team:

  • Tyasha Harris, South Carolina Gamecocks senior guard
  • Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA Bruins junior forward
  • Kathleen Doyle, Iowa Hawkeyes senior guard
  • Elissa Cunane, NC State Wolfpack sophomore center
  • Kaila Charles, Maryland Terrapins senior forward