Feb. 20, 2003

Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma's Theresa Schuknecht (Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada) is one of five student-athletes that have been named to the Verizon Academic All-District VI University Division women's basketball first team for 2003. The 11 student-athletes (five first team, six second team) were picked by members of College Sports Information Directors of America from District VI.

Schuknecht currently ranks 22nd in the nation for best free throw percentage, hitting 86.0 percent from the stripe. She also leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 boards per game and ranks third on the club in scoring with 11.5 point per contest.

She has assisted OU to an overall record of 15-10 and 6-6 Big 12 mark heading into Saturday's home game with Iowa State.

Schuknecht was named to the President's Honor Roll and Dean's List for the 2001-02 academic year for maintaining a 3.92 grade point average in marketing. The 6-3 center is also a three-time Sooner Scholar and Commissioner's Honor Roll selection.

Other All-District first team picks were Shelby Hutchens of Oklahoma State, Kimberly Lawson of Rice, New Mexico State's Mari Sanchez and Tulane's Britt Themann.

This is Schuknecht's first Verizon Academic All-District honor. The five first team members now advance to the national ballot and has a chance to earn Verizon Academic All-America honors which will be released on March 7. District VI represents all NCAA Division I schools in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

To qualify, an individual needs to be nominated by a school's sports information office and have a 3.20 GPA while either serving as a starter or as a significant reserve. The student-athlete must also be at least a sophomore in eligibility and have completed at least one year at the institution.