BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU sophomore guard Micah Jones has been named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District ® Women’s Basketball Team for District 2, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
Complete teams and release from CoSIDA is attached.
Jones is the first Lady Topper selected to the Academic All-District team among records available since the start of the 2002-2003 season. Jones holds a 4.00 GPA while majoring in Exercise Science.
“I am super proud of what Micah is doing both on the court and off the court,” said head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. “She has been terrific at being able to manage the unique challenges that being a student-athlete presents. She has excelled on the court as an immediate starter since she came to WKU last year and at the same time, has gotten it done in the classroom at the highest level possible. I am excited she has been recognized for getting it done where it matters the most, in the classroom.”
Jones was selected to the District 2 team alongside American’s Jen Dumiak, Kentucky’s Kastine Evans, Saint Joseph’s Erin Shields and Saint Francis’ (PA) Alli Williams. Other notable players around the nation that earned the honor include Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters, Baylor’s Makenzie Robertson and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike.
WKU previously had two players earn Academic All-America honors in 1981 as Laurie Helsley (second-team) and Alicia Polson (first-team) earned the honors.
The Greensburg, Ky. native has separated herself as one of the top shooters in the nation throughout her time on the Hill. She is currently shooting 43.6 percent from behind the three-point arc on the season and a staggering 56.3 percent in league play, hitting 18-of-32 attempts in the first eight league games. She is averaging 12.5 points per game in Sun Belt Conference play and has a 22-to-10 assist-to-turnover ratio in 32.1 minutes per game.
Following Wednesday’s win over UT Arlington, Jones has played in 52 career games with 51 starts, averaging 7.3 points per contest for her career. She is shooting 36.1 percent from long-range in her career with 65 made three-point field goals. She is shooting 85.7 percent from the free throw line, including a 88.1 percent clip in 2013-14.
The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This 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 honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America ® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program
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.
COMING UP NEXT: WKU returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 when the Lady Toppers face Texas State at 4:30 p.m. CT in E.A. Diddle Arena. The game is the annual Play4Kay game on the WKU schedule with fans encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and in recognition of the legacy of former NC State coach Kay Yow. The first 500 fans will receive a pink rally towel and a donation bucket will be passed around during the game to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
In addition, a silent auction will be held beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT in the Hall of Champions to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Signed items from head coach Michelle Clark-Heard, the 2013-14 Lady Toppers and WKU legend Crystal Kelly are among the items available for auction. The auction will close at the conclusion of halftime intermission of the men’s game that follows the Lady Topper game.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007 from the vision of the organization's namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women's basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. Coach Yow believed strongly that coaches share not only a community, but should also share in a cause much larger than the game. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported more than $2.6 million in women's cancer research and related projects. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.Play4Kay.org.
Yow's coaching career spanned more than 38 years, including 34 with NC State. She had a record of 737-344, which encompassed 20 NCAA championship bids, a Women's Final Four appearance in 1998 and four ACC Tournament championships. She also coached the U.S. Olympic women's team to a gold medal in 1988 and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the inaugural NC State Hall of Fame in October, 2012. Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPNY for Perseverance award in 2007.
The Lady Toppers learned more about Yow earlier this season when women’s basketball ambassador Debbie Antonelli visited the WKU campus to talk with the team.
Single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2013-14 season are currently available for purchase by contacting the WKU Ticket Office. For more information, visit www.wkusports.com, call 1-800-5-BIG-RED or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena.
Tickets for the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Sun Belt Basketball Tournament are also on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. Each ticket book contains eight tickets. There are a total of eight sessions, with sessions 1-6 including two games and session seven being the Women's Championship and session eight being the Men's Championship. The ticket price is $99 and seats are general admission.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE LADY TOPPERS: For complete information on Lady Topper Basketball, visit www.wkusports.com, follow the program on Instagram via “LadyTopperHoops” or follow the program on Twitter via @LadyTopperHoops. The official twitter hashtag of the 2013-14 season for Lady Topper Basketball is #ClimbingTheLadder.