March 29, 2012
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team continued to prove its commitment to excellence in the classroom by having 10 student-athletes named to the Winter Academic All-Big Ten Team, as announced by the league office Wednesday.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a career grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
The Gophers who received Big Ten honors include Kiara Buford (communications), Shonté Clay (journalism), Amber Dvorak (youth studies), Kionna Kellogg (undeclared), Katie Loberg (journalism), Brianna Mastey (sport management), Nicole Mastey (recreation, park and leisure studies), Sari Noga (pre-mortuary science), Micaëlla Riché (undeclared) and Jackie Voigt (sport management).
With its 10 selections, women's basketball led Minnesota's winter sports in terms of percentage of student-athletes receiving recognition, as more than 70 percent of the squad was named Academic All-Big Ten, while it also had the most players named to the team of any women's basketball program in the league.
During head coach Pam Borton's 10 seasons, the Maroon and Gold's total of 69 Academic All-Big Ten honorees is the most of any Big Ten Conference women's basketball program.
Minnesota added the 2011 Fall semester to the list of terms where the Gophers compiled a team grade point average better than 3.0, as the Gophers accumulated a collective GPA of 3.11. Even more impressive is the team's cumulative GPA of 3.250. The Gophers have earned a 3.0 in every semester of Borton's coaching tenure.
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