2011 Nike TOC All-Tournament team
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- After four days of gym hopping by the ESPN HoopGurlz staff of writers, scouts and video team, we selected our 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team and most outstanding player.
Breanna Stewart, Sr., Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y): People questioned whether the Northstars belonged in the Joe Smith Division of this year's TOC. Stewart had all the answers as she willed her team all the way to the semifinals. She provided multiple double-double games, which included a few 30-point performances where she had more than half of her team's points. Stewart's individual motivation was to put her team on her back and get wins when not too many people believed she could do it. That effort earns her the honor of ESPN HoopGurlz most outstanding player of the TOC.
Nirra Fields, Sr., Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.): Her first game ever playing for Mater Dei was on Monday, and Fields scored 29 points, proving she can score from anywhere on the floor no matter who she is playing with.
Jonquel Jones, Sr., Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Jones put up 26 points in Riverdale Baptist's Smith Division semifinal win. She did it all, in fact, whether it was scoring, rebounding or getting blocks on defense.
Chantel Osahor, Jr., St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.): Osahor is not your typical post player. She made unbelievable passes from everywhere on the court and dominated the lane, giving St. Mary's a unique player who provided multiple threats on the floor.
Kelsey Plum, Jr., Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.): Plum is a true leader who can score in a variety of ways and make plays that most point guards don't see, which is why Country Day was able to win the Anderson Division of the TOC.
Courtney Ekmark, Soph., St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.): Ekmark led St. Mary's in the Smith Division championship game with 26 points. She closed it out with some clutch free-throw shooting as well.
Imani Stafford, Sr., Windward (Los Angeles, Calif.): Stafford used her size advantage well throughout the tournament on both offense and defense, and she was able to help Windward upset a couple of teams and make it to the semifinals of the Smith Division.
Morgan Tuck, Sr., Bolingbrook (Ill.): After a first-round loss to Cicero-North Syracuse, Tuck led Bolingbrook to three straight wins for a 3-1 finish. She played like an inspired post, dominating the lower block. She put up 35 points and 14 rebounds Thursday night against MacArthur (Irving, Texas) for good measure.
Shilpa Tummala, Sr., St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.): Tummala had an immediate impact on the championship game of the Smith Division, scoring 10 of her team's first 13 points and finishing with 24 in St. Mary's 79-69 win.
Sydney Wiese, Jr., Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.): Wiese had an impressive tournament offensively, exploding for 44 points in Pinnacle's opening game and then posting 24 points in the championship game of the Mike Desper Division, a 51-47 loss to Mesa Mountain View.
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Rebecca Gray is an intern for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously wrote a column for the website about her experiences as a freshman on basketball scholarship at the University of North Carolina. She transferred to and played at Kentucky and now plays basketball and golf at Union College. A 5-foot-10, sharp-shooting guard out of Georgetown, Ky., Gray was named Miss Basketball in the state of Kentucky after averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.8 assists during her senior season at Scott County High School. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
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