Patberg, Berger earn WBCA All-American honors

Add one more historical footnote to the 2019-20 season for Indiana women’s basketball.

IU guards Ali Patberg and Grace Berger earned honorable mention on the 2020 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team Thursday, becoming the first pair of Hoosiers to receive such honors since 1986. That was when Karna Abram and Cindy Bumgarner each earned Fast Break All-American special mention honors.

Patberg and Berger led Indiana to a 24-8 overall record and 13-5 in the Big Ten with a final national ranking of No. 20, the first time the Hoosiers have ever been ranked in the final Associated Press poll.

The duo were also both All-Big Ten first team selections by the coaches. Patberg was first team by the media and Berger second team. Thursday’s dual honors represent the third and fourth time Indiana has placed a player on the WBCA Coaches’ All-American team. Tyra Buss earned honorable mention in both 2017 and 2018.

Patberg, a redshirt junior, led the Hoosiers with 15.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, finishing as one of 10 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation’s top point guard. The Columbus North grad and 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball started all 32 games, shooting 49 percent from the floor and 38.6 percent from 3. Her 168 assists are the fourth-most in a single season in school history, while she also grabbed 4.6 rebounds per game.

Berger enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore, finishing second behind Patberg in scoring with 13.1 points per game to go with 3.5 assists and a team-high 1.4 steals. The Louisville, Ky., native shot 45.6 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line, improving her scoring average by 7.6 points per game.

2 comments

  1. Agreed both accounts to both players.

    Nice to see another “early , early, early” poll having IU as a #15,, but I thoroughly enjoyed Berger’s comment even better. “top 15,, IU should be top 10 or maybe top 5”,, love that attitude.

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