MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior Asya Bussie and sophomore Bria Holmes were each named to the Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention team today.
The duo helped the West Virginia women’s basketball team to one of its most successful seasons in program history with the most wins in a season (30), a share of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title and its fifth consecutive NCAA appearance.
As the leading- and second-leading scorers, respectively, Holmes and Bussie helped WVU to a season total of 2,581 points, the most by a team in a single season in program history.
Holmes, a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, became the 14th player in Mountaineer women’s basketball history to have 500 points in a season with 516 and is only the sixth sophomore to achieve the feat. The New Haven, Conn., native had a team-leading 25 games scoring in double figures, including nine 20-point outings—also the most on the team.
A team co-captain, Bussie earned recognition on the All-Big 12 First Team, the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. She closed out her career with the 11th-most points of a WVU women’s basketball player with 1,497. She ranks second in WVU’s career record books with 270 blocked shots and 382 offensive rebounds. The Randallstown, Md., native had a program-best and nation-leading 138 consecutive career games played and started.
The All-America honor is the first for each player. Three other Mountaineers have earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors in program history as Yolanda Paige earned the honor in 2005, Meg Bulger earned the award in 2006 and Olayinka Sanni received the recognition in 2008.