SDSU Basketball's Jené Morris Earns Honorable Mention All-America Accolades
April 6, 2009
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State junior guard Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) has been named an honorable mention State Farm Coaches' All-American for NCAA Division I, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced this weekend. Morris, who was one of 40 finalists for the 10-player All-America team, was among 30 honorable mention selections by the WBCA.
Morris is just the third Aztec to garner All-America or honorable mention All-America status, joining Falisha Wright, who was honored in 1993 (HM) and 1994 (HM), and Chana Perry, who was a first-team pick during the 1988-89 campaign. Both Wright and Perry are members of the Aztec Hall of Fame.
Morris led San Diego State to the program's first NCAA tournament bid in 12 years and the team's first NCAA victory in 15 seasons, before falling in the second round to second-ranked and eventual Final Four participant Stanford. She averaged a team-best 16.1 points per game, scoring 20 or more points eight times and eclipsing the 30-point barrier on three occasions in 2008-09, including a 35-point performance vs. DePaul. The 35 points against the Blue Demons ranks third-best thus far in the entire 2009 NCAA Division I tournament field.
She led the league in steals in both overall (3.33/g) and conference-only (2.94/g) outings, ranking seventh nationally and becoming the first Aztec to record 100 steals in a season since Wright in 1993-94. Morris had three or more steals in 20 of her 30 games, including a league-high eight on two occasions, which are the most by an Aztec since 2002.
Morris' other honors this season include being named the 2009 MWC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-conference, MWC all-defensive team, MWC Championship all-tournament team and four-time MWC player of the week.
SDSU ended the year with a 24-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in conference play, capturing a share of its first-ever Mountain West Conference regular season title and advancing to its second consecutive MWC championship game.