March 3, 2011
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh senior Taneisha Harrison (Bowie, Md.) was selected to the All-BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Second Team and senior Chelsea Cole (Lumberton, N.J.) was tabbed Honorable Mention, it was released by the league office on Thursday afternoon.
Harrison led the Panthers (13-16) in scoring for the second-straight season. She ranked sixth in the league overall (15.2 ppg) and fourth in league-only contests (16.4 ppg). Harrison also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game.
The senior guard collected 25 double-digit scoring games this season, posting five 20-plus outings. Additionally, Harrison led Pitt in scoring in 14 contests which included nine times in BIG EAST play.
Harrison drained 47 three-pointers this winter, which ranks 10th in a single season in Pitt women’s basketball history. She has notched 143 triples over her collegiate career, ranked second in the program’s annals.
The Bowie, Md. native , who was tabbed to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on two occasions this season, became the 16th member of the 1,000 club on Dec. 11. She has climbed to No. 10 on the all-time chart entering Friday’s first round BIG EAST Championship game.
Cole is averaging 10 points and a BIG EAST leading 10.3 rebounds per contest, the only league player averaging a double-double. She has recorded an astounding 16 double-doubles this season, not only leading the conference but also placing 10th in the NCAA. The 16 double takes are eight more than her nearest league competitor in the category.
The senior forward has grabbed 11 or more rebounds in 18 games, including seven of the last 10 showings. Cole has registered 985 rebounds over her career, which places her fifth in the Pitt record book. She is just 15 boards from becoming just the fourth player to record over 1,000 rebounds for the Blue and Gold. Cole comes in at third in the BIG EAST standings in blocked shots, averaging 1.9 per game.
Pitt, seeded No. 12 in this coming weekend’s 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters, will next see action on Friday, March 4. The Panthers will face No. 13 seed USF at Noon at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The game will be streamed online at www.bigeast.tv. Scott Stiller and Jen Tuscano have the call courtside on WJAS AM 1320.
Players named to all-conference squads are selected in a vote among the conference’s 16 head coaches and coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.