K-State Leads Academic All-Big 12 Selections

IRVING, Texas Kansas State women’s basketball placed a school-record and Big 12 Conference-leading eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams in an announcement by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.


Earlier this season, K-State was the only women’s basketball program in the conference to place its entire roster, 11 student-athletes, on the Fall 2007 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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 27 first team members combined with 10 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 had a school-record seven student-athletes reach the Academic All-Big 12 first team, including one of just two student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.


K-State student-athletes named to the first team were: seniors Carolyn McCullough (communication sciences and disorders) and Shana Wheeler (special education), juniors Marlies Gipson (elementary education), Shalee Lehning (electronic journalism) and Danielle Zanotti (psychology) and sophomores Kari Kincaid (secondary education) and Ashley Sweat (kinesiology). On the Academic All-Big 12 second team was senior Kimberly Dietz (marketing).


McCullough was the lone Wildcat student-athlete with a perfect 4.0 GPA. In the fall, the Stilwel, Kan., native received the Outstanding Senior Award for Communication Sciences and Disorders.


This was the third career Academic All-Big 12 citation for McCullough and Dietz. This was the second career honor for Wheeler, Gipson, Lehning and Zanotti. This was the first year of eligibility for Kincaid and Sweat.


This is the highest number of Academic All-Big 12 selections since the 2003-04 season, when K-State had eight overall selections. The previous high for first team selections was six during the 2002-03 and 1996-97 seasons.

The 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship returns to Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium on March 11-13 & 15 for the eighth time in conference history. Kansas City hosted the first six women’s postseason events from 1997-2002, in addition to the 2005 championship.