ODU’s Jennie Simms named honorable mention AP All-American

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Old Dominion University's Jennie Simms was named an AP honorable mention All-American. (Courtesy of ODUsports.com(
ODU’s Jennie Simms was named an AP honorable mention All-American. (Courtesy of ODUsports.com(

NORFOLK — Jennie Simms has been named an Associated Press All-American honorable mention selection, becoming the first Lady Monarch to earn All-American status since Shareese Grant in 2005, the Associated Press announced on Monday.

Simms is one of just seven non-Power 5 players named an AP All-American, four of which are from No. 1 UConn. Simms is also the first Lady Monarch to earn AP All-American honors since Mery Andrade in 1999, who was also an honorable mention selection.

The senior guard from Accokeek, Maryland, was the nation’s second-leading scorer in 2016-17, averaging a school record 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists and was one of just two players in the country to average 20-plus points, more than 8  rebounds and more than 4 assists.

Simms broke school records for career 30-plus and 40-plus scoring games, totaling 12 games of 30-plus during the 2016-17 season, bringing her career mark to 18. She also scored 40-plus twice, including a Ted Constant Center Record 43 in the win over Marshall, for a career total of three 40-plus scoring games.

The Conference USA Player of the Year, Simms earned her third straight First Team All-C-USA honor, becoming just the 10th player in school history to earn three first team all-conference accolades. ODU’s fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,151 points, Simms became the sixth Lady Monarch to join the 2,000 point club and only the third to do so in their first three years on campus.

For a full breakdown of the AP women’s All-American teams, visit collegebasketball.ap.org.