Alissa Pili Earns AP, USBWA Second Team All-American
SALT LAKE CITY – Alissa Pili has been a force for Utah women’s basketball in 2023 and the AP, and USBWA agreed naming her second team All-American Wednesday.
Pili has been racking up the awards and recognition for her dominant performance for the Utes as they prepare to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
Not only was Pili named Pac-12 Player of the Year, but she is on the short list for several national awards as well including the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 𝐀𝐋𝐋-𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐍 @AlissaPili @AP Second Team All-American ✅ #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/20AagcHMS7
— Utah Women’s Basketball (@UTAHWBB) March 15, 2023
Alissa Pili’s Stat Sheet
Pili is the leading scorer for the Utes and leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 20.3 points per game which ranks 18th nationally. Pili’s shooting percentage is second in the Pac-12 and ranks 18th nationally at 59.9%.
The talented forward has a six consecutive game streak of scoring 20 points or more starting with her 27-point performance against Arizona and ending with her season high of 30 points against Oregon. Pili is the first Ute to do so since 2009-10.
Pili also put together back-to-back 28-point games performances in early December which were the first consecutive games of 28 or more points by a Utah player since 2014. She was also the first Ute to do so in two road games since the 1999-2000 season.
If that wasn’t enough, Pili recently topped the 1,000-career-point mark combining her 795 points during her time at USC (2019-22) to her current season with the Utes.
Pili and the Utes will be looking to notch their first NCAA Tournament win this coming Friday at the Huntsman Center as they host the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs with a 5:30 p.m. MT tipoff.
Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports
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