Clements, Hopkins Named Honorable Mention All-Americans
April 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - San Diego State seniors Courtney Clements (Long Beach, Calif.) and Chelsea Hopkins (Las Vegas, Nev.) each received honorable mention All-America recognition on Saturday from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Clements and Hopkins were among 42 student-athletes to garner honorable mention accolades from the WBCA, marking the first time that two Aztec players earned such distinction in the same season.
With her award, Clements collected the third All-America honor of her career after landing on the Associated Press and WBCA Coaches honorable mention teams last year. The 6-foot guard was a first-team all-Mountain West selection for the second straight season in 2012-13, leading SDSU with 17.9 points per game, which ranked second in the conference. In addition, she ended the year among the top 10 MW leaders in 3-point field goals made (2nd - (2.3/gm)), 3-point field goal percentage (5th - (37.9)) and steals (9th - (1.6/gm)) and ranked second in league games with an 87.2 free-throw percentage.
Clements, who received MW Player of the Week honors on three occasions this past season and was named to the MW all-tournament team for the second year in a row, registered 32 double-digit scoring performances in 34 games and totaled 20 or more points 14 times, including a career-high 31 points against UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the WNIT on March 20. She finished with 1,495 points for her career on Montezuma Mesa, which ranks fifth in school history.
Hopkins, meanwhile, received her first All-America accolade after capturing MW Player of the Year honors to go with first-team all-MW and MW all-defensive recognition. The 5-8 point guard led the nation with an amazing four triple-doubles this season and ranked seventh in the country with 6.8 assists per game. During the 2012-13 campaign, Hopkins posted 29 double-digit scoring efforts in 34 games and reached double figures in rebounds 11 times and assists on eight occasions.
At the MW championships, Hopkins earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging nearly a triple-double with 11.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists in three games. Against New Mexico in the semifinals, she established a MW tournament record with a career-high 14 assists, which marked the third-highest total in a single game in league history. Then in the finals vs. Fresno State, Hopkins set a MW championship game record with a personal-best 15 rebounds.
Hopkins, who also claimed four MW Player of the Week awards this past year, handed out an SDSU single-season record 232 assists in 2012-13 and finished her Aztec career with 442 helpers, which ranks third on the school's all-time charts.
Under the guidance of MW Coach of the Year Beth Burns, SDSU completed one its finest campaigns in 2012-13, setting a program record for victories in a single season with a 27-7 record, which featured a 17-game winning streak to go along with its second consecutive Mountain West regular-season championship. The Aztecs earned their fourth postseason berth in the last five years, advancing to the second round of the WNIT.
San Diego State Women's Basketball All-Americans (Kodak/State Farm/WBCA Coaches) 1989 - Chana Perry (First Team) 1993 - Falisha Wright (Honorable Mention) 1994 - Falisha Wright (Honorable Mention) 2009 - Jené Morris (Honorable Mention) 2010 - Jené Morris (Honorable Mention) 2012 - Courtney Clements (Honorable Mention) 2013 - Courtney Clements (Honorable Mention) 2013 - Chelsea Hopkins (Honorable Mention)