Six Wildcats Named to Academic All-Big 12 Team

Kelsey Hill

Feb. 15, 2011

IRVING, Texas – Kansas State women’s basketball placed a league-high six student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 team in an announcement by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Four of K-State’s honorees received a first team citation, while two were chosen for the second team.

Wildcats to earn the Academic All-Big 12 first team honor were: senior Kelsey Hill (agriculture/journalism and mass communications), senior Shalin Spani (public relations), junior JuliAnne Chisholm (life sciences/pre-med) and sophomore Brittany Chambers (open option). Spani garnered her third career honor, while Hill earned her second and Chambers her first. Chisholm tallied her third career academic honor from the Big 12 and her first in women’s basketball, as she was a two-time recipient in volleyball. Since the beginning of the Big 12 in 1996-97, K-State has earned a league-best 90 Academic All-Big 12 honors including 74 first team citations which also paces the Big 12.

Earning second team honors for the first time in their respective careers were junior Alina Voronenko (advertising) and sophomore Taelor Karr (business).

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the women’s basketball academic all-league team consisted of 30 first team members combined with 16 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 return home on Wednesday to face Colorado at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. Fans with a K-State men’s basketball ticket from the Kansas game on Monday, Feb. 14, can purchase a general admission ticket to the women’s game for just $3. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.