It is difficult to find ways to improve when you are already an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American, but that is exactly what Adijat Adams, a senior center out of Westchester High School, did in her 2013-14 campaign, and as a result was awarded an All-American honorable mention nod by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Biola University's big improved or remained the same in nearly every facet of her game after an outstanding junior campaign, which landed her on the NAIA All-American third team after the 2012-13 season.
She made noticeable strides in her free-throw shooting (+.150), blocking (+16), assisting (+10) and rebounding (+1.4 per game), while remaining right on par with her scoring output and shooting percentage from last season. She also was able to cut down on her turnover numbers this season in order to position herself for this honor.
This is the first of the two All-American nods that Adams is eligible for. The NAIA All-American list will be released later this month.
Adams joins Jessilyn Conicelli as the only Biola players to ever make the list as WCBA All-Americans. Conicelli was named to the actual top-10 list following the 2010-11 season.
Three other Golden State Athletic Conference players made the cut, as Nicole Ballestero of Vanguard and Kelsie Sampson of Westmont made the All-American team and Jaquelyn Marshall of The Master's was also awarded an honorable mention nod.
Ballestero is a finalist for the association's 2014 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year award. This award will be announced April 7.
ABOUT THE WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.