Vivian Gray

LUBBOCK, Texas – For the third time in her Division I career, Texas Tech women's basketball senior Vivian Gray has been named an honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the organization announced Saturday. Gray's honor marks the 27th All-America recognition in Lady Raider history, going back-to-back with standout Brittany Brewer, who earned the award a year ago as a senior.

 

It was announced last month that Gray was one of  52 regional finalists from around the country for the WBCA's Coaches All-America award.

 

Gray finished the season averaging 19.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals, reaching career highs in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage (.438). She recorded eight double-doubles on the season and 13 games of 20 or more points to rank fourth in the Big 12. Few players in the country had as much of an impact on their squads this season as Gray, who led the Lady Raiders in points, rebounds, steals and blocks, and is second on the team in assists.

 

The Argyle, Texas, native is the only Power Five player in the country averaging 19.5+ points, 8+ rebounds and 2.5+ assists this season, per HerHoopStats.com. She is one of two players nationally with those numbers--the other being Kierstan Bell of FGCU.

 

This season, Gray was named a First Team All-Big 12 selection for the third time in her career, making her the only active player in the Big 12 to have earned first team all-conference three times. Earlier  this season, she also was named a top-10 finalist for the Cheryl Miller award which is given annually to the nation's top small forward.

 

Last week, Gray announced that she would be opting to forgo the 2021 WNBA Draft and return to Texas Tech for her second senior season.

 

Gray is one of seven Big 12 players to make the list, including Baylor's NaLyssa Smith—who was named the 2021 recipient of the Wade Trophy given to the WBCA's NCAA Division I Player of the Year—along with Charli Collier (Texas), Kysre Gondrezick (West Virginia), Ashley Joens (Iowa State), Natasha Mack (Oklahoma State) and DiDi Richards (Baylor).

 

WBCA member head coaches may nominate players from their own teams for Coaches' All-America. Head coaches then vote for the top eight players in their respective regions from among those players who are nominated. The selection committee, which is composed of head coaches from each region who are elected by their peers, may select up to 12 additional at-large finalists from the remaining pool of nominees for a total of 52 finalists.

 

About the WBCA

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit WBCA.org for more details about the association.