Summerfield's Elissa Cunane has picked up the biggest individual honor of her basketball career: All-American.
Cunane, who helped lead N.C. State to its first ACC women's basketball tournament championship since 1991, has been selected to The Associated Press' All-American third team.
The Northern Guilford High School graduate is the first State women's basketball player to earn a spot on one of the three AP All-America teams after six honorable-mention recognitions in program history, according to the university's athletics department.
Cunane, a 6-foot-5 center, led State with averages of 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She scored 20 or more points in 10 games and reached double figures in all but five games for a Wolfpack team that finished 28-4 and ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll.
She is one of five finalists for the 2020 Lisa Leslie Award that recognizes the top center in women's NCAA Division I basketball and one of 15 players on the ballot for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award that honors the player of the year.
In her final game of the season, a 71-66 win over Florida State for the ACC Tournament championship, Cunane scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked a pair of shots, had two steals and hit key free throws at the end.
“For Elissa to have the kind of game she had and to hit her free throws at the end was really special to see,” State coach Wes Moore said that day.