Feb. 20, 2002
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior guard Becki Ashbaugh earned her fourth West Coast Conference All-Academic honor, leading a list of four Broncos who earned recognition, the league announced today.
Ashbaugh, a senior guard from Bellevue, Wash., carries a 3.59 GPA in Operation Management and Information Systems. Joining Ashbaugh in representing the Broncos is two-time honoree Caroline Gruening, a senior guard from Juneau, Alaska, a Combined Sciences major with a 3.77 GPA, and first-time selection Kendra Rhea, a junior forward from Lakeside who is carrying a 3.25 GPA in Electrical Engineering.
On the men's side, senior Justin Holbrook earned his second selection. The senior forward from Cottage Grove, Ore., boasts a 3.36 GPA in Communications.
To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.
This past summer in the latest NCAA Graduation Rate Report of student-athletes, the West Coast Conference ranked fifth in overall student-athlete Graduation Rate. The WCC boasts a 69.5 percent student athlete-graduation rate, which is the highest of any Division I conference west of the Mississippi.
The Santa Clara women (17-8, 7-5 WCC) return home for the final two league contests of the season, hosting Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday. The Broncos put their 10-0 record at the Leavey Center on the line as they fight for a second-place finish in the conference standings.
The contest against the Lions is also "Take a Kid to the Game Night", where youth will be admitted for $2 with an adult. On Saturday, the athletic department will honor the team's two seniors, Gruening and Ashbaugh, while also celebrating Fan Appreciation Day. Game times are 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
The men's team will close out its regular season this weekend with key league games at Loyola Marymount and league-leading Pepperdine. Friday's game at LMU is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest at Pepperdine is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start. A sweep of both teams would guarantee at least a share of third-place in the final WCC regular-season standings, depending on the weekend results of San Francisco. Santa Clara enters the weekend with a 12-13 overall record and a 7-5 mark in league play following a sweep of San Francisco and Saint Mary's last weekend at the Leavey Center. With two games remaining, the Broncos are guaranteed at least a .500 record in league play for the eighth-straight season.
2002 Women's Basketball WCC All-Academic Team
|Becki Ashbaugh ***||Santa Clara||Senior||G||3.59||Management Systems|
|Katie Davis||Saint Mary's||Junior||G/F||3.63||Business|
|Melissa Glazebrook***||San Diego||Senior||G||3.70||Electrical Engineering|
|Caroline Gruening *||Santa Clara||Senior||G||3.77||Combined Sciences|
|Lindsey Huff||San Francisco||Graduate||G||3.20||M.A. Sports Management|
|Shandrika Lee||Pepperdine||Sophomore||G||3.36||Sports Medicine|
|Jessica Malone*||Gonzaga||Senior||G/F||3.25||Political Science|
|Nadja Morgan||Pepperdine||Junior||F||3.26||Sports Medicine|
|Kendra Rhea||Santa Clara||Junior||F||3.25||Electrical Engineering|
|Carey Sauer||San Francisco||Sophomore||F||3.80||Mathematics|
2002 Men's Basketball WCC All-Academic Team
|Kyle Bankhead||Gonzaga||Sophomore||G||3.20||Sports Management|
|Jason Blair||San Diego||Junior||F||3.48||Business|
|Matt Delzell**||San Diego||Junior||G||3.48||Business|
|Dan Dickau*||Gonzaga||Senior||G||3.40||Broadcast Studies|
|Justin Holbrook*||Santa Clara||Senior||F||3.36||Communications|
|Cedric Suitt||Pepperdine||Graduate||C||3.33||M.A. in Communications|