TOWSON, M.D. – Senior Michelle McDonald of Winona State headlines the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Woemn's Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Pfeiffer University’s Brittany Cox becomes a first-team All-American on the women’s side as the only representative from the Southeast Region. The Capital One Division II Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-2012 D-II Academic All-America teams program.
A 6-0 forward, McDonald is the leading scorer and rebounder at Winona State. While averaging 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, the Johnsburg, Ill. native has led the Warriors to a 17-9 record. The fourth-leading scorer in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, she is also the fourth-leading rebounder in the conference. A two-time selection as the NSIC Player of the Week, McDonald is second in the NSIC with a .555 field goal percentage.
As a junior, McDonald earned first team All-NSIC honors while leading the Warriors to their first-ever NSIC Tournament championship. The Warriors’ top scorer with a 15.8 average, she also led the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. Honored as the NSIC Tournament Most Valuable Player, she averaged 21.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in the 2011 NSIC tournament. The Warriors, who finished the season with a 21-9 record, advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
A two-time member of the NSIC All-Academic team, McDonald ranks fourth on the Warriors’ career scoring list with 1,324 points. She is also the fourth-leading rebounder (690) in school history.
Joining McDonald on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball first team are seniors Megan Eul of Minnesota, Crookston, Vanessa Jones of Nebraska-Kearney and Kaitlin Petri of Chadron State and junior Brittany Cox of Pfeiffer University.
An early childhood education major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Eul is the second-leading scorer and rebounder at Minnesota, Crookston. A 5-10 senior forward from Rosemount, Minn., she is averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per games. A two-time member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic team, she averaged 9.9 points per game as a junior.
Honored as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year last season, Jones is a business administration major with a 3.96 G.P.A. A first team All-RMAC selection at Nebraska-Kearney, she averaged 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season. A native of Colorado Springs, Col., she became the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 points. She leads the Lopers with a 6.9 rebounding average while scoring 13.7 points per game.
A business administration major with a 3.95 G.P.A., Petri is averaging 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game at Chadron State. Honored as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year this season, she was named as a Daktronics All-America third team selection as a junior. She earned Academic All-America honors after averaging 19.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. After missing the 2010-11 season with an injury, she has returned to average 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
The only junior on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball first team, Cox is a sports management major with a 3.92 G.P.A. The leading scorer in the Conference Carolinas, she is averaging 21.3 points per game and was named as the conference Player of the Week two days ago. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C. native recently scored her 1,000th career point at Pfeiffer. The seventh-leading scorer in NCAA Division II, she also ranks among the national leaders with 77 three-point baskets. A second team all-conference selection as a sophomore, she is also averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.
The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.95.
The Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball second team features seniors Mikayla Barondeau of Northern State and Kelly Costello of Chaminade, along with juniors Sam Hoyt of Michigan Tech, Traci Keyser of Fort Hays State, and Kaitlin Snyder of Fairmont State. Sophomore Lauren Battista of Bentley rounds out the six-player second team.
The third team consists of graduate student Nicole Bozek of Alaska Fairbanks and seniors Lydia Bridenbaugh of West Virginia Wesleyan, Nikki Frederickson of Mercyhurst and Hanna Johansson of Alaska Anchorage.
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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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