Six members of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team were named to the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 teams, as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
Senior forward De’Janae Boykin, redshirt senior guard Tynice Martin, senior guard Lucky Rudd, sophomore forward Kari Niblack and redshirt freshman center Rochelle Norris garnered first-team honors, while sophomore guard Madisen Smith was named to the second team.
This year marks the second consecutive season that Martin and Rudd have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, while Boykin, Niblack and Norris earned first-team honors for the first time in their careers. Boykin was one of four student-athletes in the Big 12 to post a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA).
This year’s six selections are the second-most in the Big 12 and are tied for the most Academic All-Big 12 selections for the Mountaineers in program history, after WVU also placed six student-athletes on last year’s team. In total, West Virginia has had six Academic All-Big 12 selections three times since joining the conference in 2012-13 (2013, 2019, 2020).
First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second-team selections hold 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 20 percent of their 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.
Well done ladies
Well done. Now if we can just turn those Academic accolades into W’s and B12 Athletic 1st and 2nd team honors.