NORMAN, Okla. -- Six Sooners were named to the 46-member 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team, the league office announced Tuesday.
OU's six student-athletes on the team matched Kansas State for the leading total.
Joanna McFarland, a chemistry/biochemistry sophomore, was the lone player from the conference to carry a 4.0 GPA and was joined on the first team (3.20 GPA or above) by Whitney Hand, Jasmine Hartman, Danielle Robinson and Lauren Willis.
Senior Carlee Roethlisberger was named to the second team (3.00-3.19 GPA).
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the women's basketball academic all-league squad consisted of 30 first team members combined with 16 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
The Sooners return to the court Saturday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. for Pack the Place Pink versus Texas. Oklahoma will wear pink uniforms to support breast cancer awareness and auction several items, including several used in the game, on Sooner Sports.com.
Fans can also get autographs from the team shortly following the game on the upper concourse. The OU Athletics Department will provide a poster of the team in their pink uniforms to be signed by the players and Coach Coale.
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