LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball senior Vivian Gray was one of 52 players from around the country to be named a regional finalist for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Coaches All-America award. It marks Gray's third season receiving the honor.
Gray was one of 10 finalists from Region 3, which also includes Big 12 players Charli Collier (Texas), Kysre Gondrezick (West Virginia), Ashley Joens (Iowa State), Ayoka Lee (Kansas State), DiDi Richards (Baylor), NaLyssa Smith (Baylor) and Natasha Mack (Oklahoma State). Also recognized in Region 3 were Kierstan Bell of Florida Gulf Coast and IImar'I Thomas of Cincinnati.
The honor is the latest in a season full of accolades for Gray, who earlier this month was named First Team All-Big 12 for the third-straight year. Last month, she was also named a top-10 finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award, given to the nation's top small forward.
Gray finished the season averaging 19.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals, reaching career highs in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage (.438). She recorded eight double-doubles on the season and 13 games of 20 or more points to rank fourth in the Big 12.
A two-time Coaches All-America honorable mention recipient, Gray is the only Power Five player in the country averaging 19.5+ points, 8+ rebounds and 2.5+ assists this season, per HerHoopStats.com. She is one of two players nationally with those numbers--the other being Kierstan Bell of FGCU. Few players in the country had as much of an impact on their squads this season as Gray, who led the Lady Raiders in points, rebounds, steals and blocks, and is second on the team in assists.
WBCA member head coaches may nominate players from their own teams for Coaches' All-America. Head coaches then vote for the top eight players in their respective regions from among those players who are nominated. The selection committee, which is composed of head coaches from each region who are elected by their peers, may select up to 12 additional at-large finalists from the remaining pool of nominees for a total of 52 finalists.
The 2021 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America team will be announced Saturday, April 3.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit WBCA.org for more details about the association.