Indiana junior Grace Berger added another chapter to the Hoosiers’ record-breaking 2020-21 season on Friday when she was named USBWA All-America honorable mention.
Berger is the first Hoosier to ever earn a USWBA All-America honor, and it is the Louisville, Ky., native’s second All-America honor after being named a 2020 WBCA honorable mention All-American in 2020.
The 6-foot guard averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in helping IU reach the Elite Eight for the first time in program history and set a school record for Big Ten wins en route to a second-place finish in the conference.
Berger also posted three triple-doubles this season, the first IU women’s player to record a triple-double, and became just the fifth player in NCAA history to post two triple-doubles against the same team (Penn State). The first team All-Big Ten selection shot 44.1% from the field and 74.4% from the free-throw line, scoring in double figures in 23 of 27 games this season, including a career-high 26 points against a pair of ranked opponents in Maryland and Ohio State.
She joins teammate Mackenzie Holmes, who was named to the Associated Press All-American honorable mention team, as only the second pair of Hoosiers to earn All-America honors in the same season. Karna Abram and Cindy Bumgarner each earned All-America honors in 1986. Only six Hoosiers have ever earned All-America honors, as Berger, Holmes, Bumgarner and Abram are joined by Debbie Oing (1975) and Tyra Buss (2017, ’18).
Wilson in the portal
Redshirt sophomore Chanel Wilson became the third Hoosier to enter the transfer portal on Thursday.
“It has been extremely special to be a part of IU these past three years,” Wilson said in a Twitter post. “Also, extremely special to be a part of the great things this team has accomplished this year that had never been done.
“… The love I have for the girls on this team will never fade. I will cherish every memory we have and will remember the many lessons that each of you taught me. Each of you are the true definition of genuine. That is what will always make us family.”
The 5-6 guard appeared in 29 games as a redshirt freshman in 2019-20 after sitting out her first year at Indiana rehabbing a second torn ACL.
Wilson appeared in just 11 games this season as her playing time dropped significantly.