ATLANTA - Gallaudet University junior center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) is one of the 40 finalists for the 2010 State Farm Coaches' All-America Team for NCAA Division III as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Tuesday. The 40 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions, are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.
The State Farm Coaches' All-America Team will be presented at the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Banquet on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Ill.
Faafiti has the chance to become Gallaudet's first All-American since 2000 when Ronda Jo Miller was named to her third consecutive NCAA Division III Kodak All-American team. Miller, a Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Fame member, was named to the 1998, '99 and 2000 All-American teams. She is the only women's basketball All-American in program history.
Faafiti is the only player from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in the running this year for All-American recognition. The 2010 CAC Player of the Year was selected as one of the five from Region 3. The All-CAC first-team honoree joins Kean University senior guard Melissa Beyruti and junior forward Tiffany Patrick, SUNY Farmingdale senior guard Kimberly Blakney and Rowan University senior forward Amanda Jennings.
Faafiti, a junior-college transfer from Pasadena City College, led the CAC in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounding (11.1 per game), field goal percentage (.597), offensive rebounds (5.1 per game) and was second in steals (3.3 per game) and fourth in defensive rebounds (6.0). Nationally, Faafiti was ranked in several categories among all NCAA Division III women's basketball programs including; field goal percentage (10th overall), scoring (27th), rebounding (30th) and steals (39th).
State Farm took over sponsorship of the WBCA All-American teams in 2008. Kodak had sponsored the teams since the awards program started in 1983.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.