TEMPE, Ariz. – Briann January, one of the all-time greats in the history of Sun Devil women’s basketball, will be returning to the Valley this weekend to play in the WNBA All-Star game being held at US Airways Center (Saturday at 12:30 p.m.).
January, currently in her sixth season as a guard for the Indiana Fever, was selected by the Eastern Conference coaches as one of the reserves for the East All-Star team, announced by the WNBA on Tuesday.
January, who will be making her first appearance in the WNBA All-Star Game, is currently third on the Fever in scoring, averaging a career-high 11.1 points per game. She currently ranks in the WNBA’s top 10 in free throw percentage (fifth, 84.9), 3-point field goal percentage (fifth, 42.6), assists per game (ninth, 4.3) and 3-point field goals (10th, 26).
In 2012, January averaged 10.0 ppg in the WNBA Finals to help lead the Fever over the Minnesota Lynx for the WNBA title. As a rookie in 2009, January had an immediate impact as Indiana made its first WNBA finals appearance.
Originally selected by the Fever with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, January ended her stint as a Sun Devil at or near the top of several ASU career statistical categories including assists (first, 538), free throw percentage (first, .830), steals (second, 265), free throws (second, 401), 3-point field goal percentage (fourth, .399), 3-point field goals (fifth, 132) and points (seventh, 1,317).
A two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, January earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press and WBCA in 2009. During her four-year career the Sun Devils won 77 percent of their games (104-32), including 82 percent of their Pac-10 games (59-13), and qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four years, including two Elite Eight appearances (2007, '09).
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