February 22, 2001

Bronco Women's Hoops Star Earns Regional Academic Honor

Feb. 22, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior forward Annie Garrison was named a first team Verizon All-Academic honoree for District VIII, CoSIDA announced today.

The 6-3 Saratoga native carries a 3.75 GPA as a dual major in mathematics and computer science and has been the only player to start every game for the Broncos this season, leading the team to an 18-6 overall record. Additionally, Santa Clara is one of four teams tied for first place in the West Coast Conference with a 9-3 mark heading into the last weekend of league play.

"We are very excited for Annie and are very proud of what she has been able to achieve on and off the court," said head Bronco women's basketball coach Chris Denker. "She has been recognized for her on-court achievements. But, the best part of Annie goes well beyond that. These types of awards exemplify both of those areas.

"We are also very proud of our academic tradition. We are ranked number one nationally, graduating 100 percent of our class year-in and year-out."

Garrison will be included on the national ballot for the Verizon Academic All-America team, which will be announced on March. 15.

Garrison leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She has registered five double-doubles this season and has reached double figures in scoring in 16 games while posting six double-digit rebounding performances. Garrison is the school's all-time best shot blocker, with 202, and will also set top-10 marks in points, rebounding and field goal percentage.

She is a two-time All-WCC selection and was named the conference's defender of the Year as a sophomore. Earlier this season, Garrison became only the 12th Bronco all-time to score 1,000 points in a career, achieving the feat during a road victory at San Francisco last month.

The Broncos head to the Pacific Northwest for their final two games of the regular season, taking on Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 22. On Saturday, the Broncos will close the season at Portland. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball Team

First Team
Megan Franza, Washington
Annie Garrison, Santa Clara
Victoria Harrod, Washington State
Millie Kimpton, Pacific
Katie Nyseth, Washington State

Second Team
Kayte Christiensen, UCSB
Leah Combs, Arizona State
Jessica Malone, Gonzaga
Darci Pemberton, Idaho
Christine Urbanski, Idaho State