IUWBB: Buss receives honorable mention on WBCA All-America team

Indiana’s Tyra Buss received WBCA All-American status for the second year in a row Thursday, but it was her second award of her day.

The senior guard, who again received honorable mention from the WBCA, was a first team honoree for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award is designed to honor athletes who use their platform to make a positive impact in their community.

UConn’s Gabby Williams won the overall award, but Buss joined Williams, Duke’s Lexie Brown, Western Illinois’ Emily Clemens and Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians. The second team included Texas’ Ariel Atkins, Duke’s Rebecca Greenwell, Eastern Washington’s Delaney Hodgins, Oklahoma State’s Kaylee Jensen and St. Louis’ Jackie Kemph.

As far as the WBCA award is concerned, Buss is the only player in school history to be named a WBCA All-American, thus the first to receive that recognition two years in a row.

Denise Jackson was a two-time NCAA District IV All-American in 1983-84. Cindy Bumgarner was a Women’s Basketball Year Book All-American in ’85 and a Fast-Break All-American in ’86. Karna Abram received District IV recognition in ’85 and Fast-Break All-American status in ’86. Debbie Oing was a Kodak All-American in ’75.

Buss, who scores 20.8 points per game, currently ranks No. 1 all-time at IU in career points, steals, assists and free throws made/attempted. She is three 3-pointers short of tying Kris McGrade (206) for the career mark in that category.

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