**Story by Jeff Owens/Photo by SC Media Relations**
After leading her team to a fourth straight SEC championship and a spot in the Elite Eight, South Carolina junior forward A'ja Wilson has been named a first-team All-American. It's the second straight season Wilson has has been named to the AP First Team.
Senior center Alaina Coates, who has missed the last seven games after ankle surgery, received honorable mention for the second time in her career.
Wilson, the two-time SEC Player of the Year, is also a finalist for National Player of the Year honors.
“South Carolina has known how special A’ja Wilson is as a player and a person for a long time, and the rest of the country has spent the last three years catching up,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “Watching her grow into the force she is today, on and off the court, has been one of the great joys of my basketball career. A’ja deserves every accolade she gets because as talented as she is, she never stops working to be better.”
Wilson has led the Gamecocks in scoring and blocks, averaging 17.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Those numbers include a career-high 13 20-point games, including five against nationally ranked teams, three straight to close the SEC regular season and her last two NCAA Tournament outings. She has been the Gamecocks’ top scorer a team-high 20 times and leading rebounder in 12 games this season.
Coates, an All-SEC player all four years at Carolina, averaged a double-double this season with 12.9 points and 10.7 rebound per game.
The No. 3 Gamecocks will play Florida State in its Elite Eight matchup tonight at 9 p.m. ET in Stockton.