After leading UC San Diego to a record-breaking season in 2011-12, senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle
was named to the 2012 WBCA Division II All-America Team, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Monday.
Carlisle earned a spot on the 10-member first team for the second time in three years, becoming the program's first three-time All-American in the process. The Agoura Hills native was an honorable mention selection as a junior last season.
Carlisle added another feather to her cap on Tuesday, taking home Daktronics Third Team All-America honors. She was named the Daktronics West Regional Player of the Year on March 7.
Carlisle led UCSD to an overall record of 30-3 this season, averaging 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.6 steals in 33 games. She shot a career-high 47.5% from the field and converted better than 40% from the three-point line, also a career-best.
Carlisle was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association's Most Valuable Player for the second time in her career after leading the conference in scoring, assists and steals. She also directed the CCAA's top-ranked offense as the Tritons averaged a league-high 78.9 points per game during the regular season.
Carlisle became UCSD's all-time career assist leader with eight helpers in a convincing win over Cal State San Marcos on November 25 and finished with a total of 575 assists for her four-year career.
In addition to Carlisle's honor, UCSD head coach Charity Elliott was recognized as one of eight 2012 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division II Regional Coaches of the Year on Monday. Elliott, who took home the honor for the West Region, is now a finalist for the Division II National Coach of the Year award, which will be announced during the second annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 2 in Denver.
Elliott guided UC San Diego to a remarkable run in 2011-12 as the Tritons set both school and conference records with 26 straight wins to open the season. The Tritons earned the program's first-ever No. 1 national ranking and spent seven straight weeks atop the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll from January 17 to March 6.
UCSD captured the CCAA regular season title with a 21-1 record and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II West Regional field. The Tritons went on to defeat Chico State and Western Washington to advance to last week's regional championship game, but saw their promising season come to a close with a heartbreaking 68-63 loss to No. 2 seed Alaska Anchorage at RIMAC Arena.
The 2012 WBCA Division II All-America Teams were determined by a vote of the WBCA selection committee. The committee is comprised one representative from each of the eight geographical regions and a chairperson.
The 2012 Daktronics All-America teams are selected by Division II sports information directors at schools sponsoring women's basketball.