Mon, Feb. 4, 2013 - [Women's Basketball]
The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District® Women's Basketball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Kansas Wesleyan's Vanessa Kresin and Alecia Smith were selected to the District 6 College Division First Team Academic All-District® Team.
Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
Nominated by current CoSIDA members at their respective institutions, nominees to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America® program must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and must have attended their current institution for at least one full academic year and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility status. Kansas Wesleyan is in District 6, which is comprised of schools in the states of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Kresin, a sophomore forward from Glen Elder, Kan., is a Psychology major. She has started all 24 games, averaging just under 33 minutes per game this season. She averages 11.6 points, 5.63 rebounds and 3.08 steals per game. She set a new career high of 22 points on November 10 against No. 3 ranked College of the Ozarks (Mo.). She earned KCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors on January 28 for her efforts in a pair of wins that week. Kresin ranks No. 11 in NAIA Div. II in total steals (74) and steals average, leading the KCAC conference in both categories. Academically, she is a 3-time President's Honor Roll honoree with a perfect 4.0 GPA in three semesters at KWU. Kresin will also receive Academic All-KCAC honors later this spring.
Smith, a junior forward from Elkhart, Kan., is majoring in Visual Arts at KWU. In her second season at KWU, she has become one of the top players in the KCAC, averaging 14.6 points and 8.58 rebounds per game. She is ranked second in the KCAC in scoring and leads the KCAC in rebounding. She set a new career high in scoring with 25 points against Rogers State (Okla.) on November 16. She currently ranks No. 22 in NAIA Division II in total rebounds (206), No. 29 in defensive rebound average (6.042) and No. 30 in rebounding average. Academically, Smith plans to graduate a year early and has been a 3-time President's Honor Roll honoree in three semesters at KWU. She will also be an Academic All-KCAC selection and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete this year.
The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honors. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
2013 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Basketball First Team – District 6
Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Zefiryn Bryan, Southwestern (Kan.)
Courtney Hamblin, Dakota State (S.D.)
Vanessa Kresin, Kansas Wesleyan
Alecia Smith, Kansas Wesleyan
Kaitlin Tennyson, Southwestern (Kan.)