Santa Clara's Elizabeth Doran and Mitch Henke Earn More Academic Honors
April 16, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University women's basketball player Elizabeth Doran and men's basketball player Mitch Henke were named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams it was announced Tuesday. Both players earned WCC All-Academic honors and were also named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team earlier this year.
Doran, a Corvallis, Ore. native, carries a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average as she works towards a bio-engineering degree and her determination and drive in the classroom extends to her team-leading efforts on the court. She helped the Broncos to a 20-11 overall record and a second place regular season finish in the WCC.
The junior guard earned a spot in the Broncos starting five this year and finished a career season on the Mission Campus. Starting in all 31 of SCU's contests, she has compiled personal bests in three-point field goal percentage (.416), free throw percentage (.907) and blocked shots (18). Her efforts on the court helped the Broncos remain as the top three-point shooting team in the West Coast Conference. She averages 9.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Doran ranked third in the league in three-point field goal percentage and was fourth overall in 3FGs made. Doran also rounded out the WCC's top 10 blocked shots list.
Henke is a three-year letter-winner for the Broncos and a three-year starter. As a senior this season he started all 31 games, averaging 9.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, helping SCU to a 15-16 record. Coming into his senior year, he had played in 86 games and averaged 6.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game. His best season came in 2005-06 when he scored 9.4 points per game and grabbed 5.6 rebounds a game. He was slowed by an ankle injury last season, but still appeared in 30 games and started 13 to help SCU finish 21-10 and 10-4 in conference play. For his career, he has now played in 117 games for SCU.
Off the court, Henke also excels, as he has earned a 3.76 cumulative grade point average as a finance major. Last year, he earned Academic All-District VIII honors and was a Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention. The Minnetonka, Minn. native has also been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and he currently serves as the president of the important student-athlete organization. As a part of SAAC, Henke has been an integral part of the group's canned food and winter clothing drives the past three years. His efforts helped Santa Clara student-athletes collect the most donations of any West Coast Conference school the past two years.
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