K-State Places Seven on Academic All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball placed seven student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams in an announcement by the Big 12 Conference on Thursday. Six of K-State’s honorees received a first team citation, while one garnered second team honors.

Since the beginning of the Big 12 in 1996-97, K-State has earned a league-best 114 Academic All-Big 12 honors including 92 first team citations which also paces the Big 12. The seven Academic All-Big 12 selections marked the highest total for the Wildcats since the 2008-09 season place eight selections on the first team.

Wildcats to earn Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors were: senior Bri Craig (family studies and human services), sophomore Shaelyn Martin (kinesiology), sophomore Kaylee Page (business administration), senior Antoinette Taylor (family studies and human services), redshirt junior Kelly Thomson (nutritional sciences) and junior Kindred Wesemann (kinesiology). Martin and Thomson were the only two members of the 50 Academic All-Big 12 selections with a 4.0 grade point average.

Craig earned her third career Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. This was the second career Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor for Thomson and Wesemann, while Martin, Page and Taylor earned their first career recognition.

Earning second team honors for the first time in her career was junior Jessica Sheble (kinesiology).

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the women’s basketball academic all-league team consisted of 39 first team members combined with 11 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
The Wildcats host Texas Tech on Sunday in the annual Play 4 Kay game at 2 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. The first 4,000 fans will receive a free pink K-State women’s basketball t-shirt. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.