Leilani Mitchell: AP All-American

Congratulations to University of Idaho point guard LEILANI MITCHELL, who was named to the Associated Press All-American Team this week as an Honorable Mention.

Small in stature (just 5-5), Leilani Mitchell is a giant on the basketball court. With Idaho's inaugural Western Athletic Conference women's basketball season complete, the recognition she so deserves for her outstanding season is pouring in. A junior point guard for the Idaho Women's Basketball team, Leilani dominated guard-play in the Western Athletic Conference this season (a recap of her accomplishments are presented below). For her efforts and dedication she was named and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American this week, becoming just the second Idaho women's basketball player (joining Emily Faurholt) to ever receive such an honor from the national media.

Mitchell is also one of 11 finalists for the 7th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard, and is a Region-7 finalist for the WBCA/Kodak All-America Team.

Leilani's award says volumes about the Vandal program that coach Mike Divilbiss is building in Moscow, as does the fact that the two AP All-Americans Idaho has ever had have been members of Divilbiss' team. Given the youth of last year's team and some key injuries during the season, his squad will certainly be one to watch next year as Mitchell leads the Vandals into their second WAC season.

Leilani and Louisiana Tech's Tasha Williams (Honorable Mention) are the only WAC athletes to be named to the All American team this year.



MITCHELL'S NEW VANDAL RECORDS: Career steals (323) and 3-point field goals made in a single game (7 vs. Utah Valley State). On the single-season leader boards she now ranks second in 3-point field goals made in a season (69) and steals (115); seventh in assists (162); and eighth for free throws made (123). Career-wise she is second in assists (504); third in free throws made (433) and 3-point field goals made (164); fifth in points (1,471) and ninth in field goals made (441).

STEALS: Mitchell dominated this category (in the WAC and nationally) with 115 steals in 29 games for an average of 3.97, a new WAC single-season record erasing the old mark of 3.79. Her 115 steals tied the conference record set during the 1997-98 season. In conference action she posted 62 steals ranking fifth on the all-time single-season steal list and she is now ranked third all-time in steals per game averaging 3.875 in WAC action. She finished #2 in the nation in this category.

ASSISTS: Mitchell led the WAC in assists posting 162 in 29 games for a 5.59 per game average for the season, a full 1.14 per game higher than her closest pursuer. She finished #18 in the nation in this category.

SCORING: Mitchell tied for the conference lead for scoring (17.6 points per game) and finished the season ranked #49 in America in this category.

ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO (minimum 3 assists per game): Mitchell was second in the conference with 162 steals while committing 103 turnovers, a ration of 1.57.

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Mitchell ended the season ranked fifth in the WAC at .783.

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS: Mitchell, a 5-5 point guard, placed tenth in the conference with 4.03 defensive rebounds per game. Her total of 117 was eighth in the conference.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE: Mitchell averaged 2.17 per game to place third.




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