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

Feb. 20, 2014

K-State Athletics

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

Since the beginning of the Big 12 in 1996-97, K-State has earned a league-best 105 Academic All-Big 12 honors including 85 first team citations which also paces the Big 12. K-State and Texas each placed six student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Team to lead the league. The six honorees were the most for K-State since the 2011 season when the Wildcats also earned six.

Wildcats to earn the Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors were: seniors Chantay Caron (elementary education) and Katya Leick (journalism and mass communications), sophomore Bri Craig (family studies and human services) and redshirt freshman Kelly Thomson (nutritional services/pre-med). Caron and Thomson were two of just three recipients in the league to be nominated with a 4.0 grade point average.

Caron earned her second career Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor and added Thursday’s award to her nomination to the 2014 WBCA Allstate Good Works Team from earlier this season. This was the first career honor for Leick, Craig and Thomson. Leick graduated in December 2013 with her undergraduate degree.

Earning second team honors for the second time in her career was junior Heidi Brown (kinesiology), while senior Ashlynn Knoll (business administration) was a first time recipient.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the women’s basketball academic all-league team consisted of 26 first team members combined with nine 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 West Virginia at 5 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday night. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.