March 7, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma center Theresa Schuknecht was named to the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-America Women's Basketball first team, today following a vote by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Schuknecht becomes OU's second basketball Academic All-American in as many years and fifth overall for the women's basketball program. Former Sooner great and WNBA All-Star Stacey Dales-Schuman earned first team honors and was voted the Academic Player of the Year last season.
Oklahoma was the only school in the Big 12 Conference to have a player earn Academic All-America accolades. Schuknecht also earned Academic and Athletic All-America honors at NAIA powerhouse Southern Nazarene in 2001.
Schuknecht also was voted to the Academic All-Big 12 and Verizon All-District VI first teams. She sports a 3.92 overall grade point average and has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA since her arrival at OU. The marketing major has appeared on the President's Honor Roll, Dean's List, Sooner Scholar List and Commissioner's Honor Roll three times.
"This is a tremendous honor for Theresa and our athletic program," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "Theresa's accomplishments both on and off the floor reflect not only her personal commitment to excellence, but that of our women's basketball program and our athletic department as well."
In addition to having a strong academic background, Schuknecht currently leads the team in free throw percentage, hitting 83.8 percent from the stripe, which ranks sixth best in the Big 12 Conference. She is also the team leader in rebounds with 6.6 boards per game and contributes 11.2 points per game. Both ranks 14th and 22nd best in the league, respectively.
Schuknecht, a native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, has assisted the Sooners to an overall record of 18-11 and a fifth place finish in the Big 12 Conference with a 9-7 mark. OU heads to the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas, where 12th seed Nebraska will be OU's first opponent on Tuesday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. inside Reunion Arena.
The Verizon Academic All-America Teams program recognizes student-athletes who have succeeded on the field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected by votes from CoSIDA, the 1,800-member College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Since the program's inception in 1952, more than 12,000 student-athletes have been honored with the award.
2002-2003 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Kristine Austgulen Virginia Commonwealth**
Courtney Davidson, U.S. Naval Academy
Tiffany Kyser, IUPUI
Kara Lawson, Tennessee
Hana Peljto, Harvard
Theresa Schuknecht, Oklahoma
Brooke Armistead, Austin Peay
Kristy Loiselle, Wisconsin-Green Bay
Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
Shannon Strecker, Colorado State
Beth Friday, Duquesne
Katie Miller, Northern Iowa
Carrie Walker, Wagner
Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
Jennifer Wilson, Tennessee-Chattanooga
** Denotes Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division