May 27, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) announced their annual awards and named Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair as the Division I Women's College Coach of the Year and Danielle Adams as the Division I Women's College Player of the Year.
In addition, incoming freshman Alexia Standish was honored by the association and played in the TABC Class 5A-4A All-Star Game on Friday, May 20. The 5-foot-8 guard from Colleyville, Texas, was also selected TABC Class 5A All-State for the second straight year. In her senior season at Colleyville Heritage High School, Standish averaged nearly 23 points and six assists per game.
Blair, one of the winningest active Division I coaches in the women's game today, guided Texas A&M to its first national title in its first-ever trip to the NCAA Women's Final Four and closed out the 2010-11 season with a school-record 33 wins. Having also led the Aggies to a program-best No. 1 ranking in the national polls and a school-record six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Blair, the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in program history, is also one of only three all-time NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches to lead at least two different teams to the NCAA Women's Final Four. He currently ranks in the top 20 in career victories and in the top 30 by winning percentage among active Division I coaches with an impressive 596-242 overall record (.711).
The 2011 TABC Coach of the Year award is the third of Blair's career. He also garnered the honor in 2006 and 2007.
Danielle Adams will go down in Texas A&M history as one of the greatest players of all-time. She was A&M's first State Farm All-American, first AP First Team All-American and first USBWA All-American. She finished her illustrious Aggie career averaging 19.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 71 games. The 6-foot-1 combination forward/center was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four in addition to being selected All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 All-Tournament Team, a State Farm Wade Trophy Finalist, a Naismith Trophy Finalist, a John R. Wooden Award Finalist and the NCAA Dallas Regional All-Tournament Team.
Adams holds Texas A&M records for most points (40) and most blocked shots (10) in a single game, most points in a single season (847), most points in two consecutive seasons (1,386) and best career scoring average (19.5 ppg). Adams is one of just four Big 12 players to score 800 or more points in a single season, ranking third on the single-season chart. She is ranked seventh for career points at A&M and is only two-year player on the list.
TABC is the voice of Texas basketball and since 1975 has strived to promote basketball at all levels in the State of Texas. It is a research-based organization that provides the entire state with team updates throughout the basketball season, does Top Ten and Top 25 basketball rankings for high school basketball, hosts annual clinics and camps and honors numerous players, coaches and sportswriters with its annual awards.