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KWU’s Kresin Earns Academic All-American Honors

KSAL Sports - February 18, 2014 5:00 pm

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Kansas Wesleyan’s Vanessa Kresin (JR, Glen Elder, Kan.) has been selected to the 2013-14 Second Team Capital One College Team Academic All-America® Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® basketball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

Kresin, a junior psychology major from Glen Elder, Kan., has maintained a 3.94 GPA while at Kansas Wesleyan. She leads the Coyotes in scoring at 15.1 points per game and averages 5.6 rebounds per game so far this season, while averaging 31 minutes per game. Kresin’s scoring average is a career best this season and she is just 37 points away from 1000 for her career. Academically, Kresin has been named to the President’s Honor Roll every semester she has been at KWU and has also served as an Admissions Ambassador at KWU. She was selected as a First Team Academic All-District® last month. She was named Academic All-KCAC last year and will receive that honor again this season, along with being named as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete for the first time this year.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award,” Kresin said. “I am glad to know that my hard work in the classroom is paying off.”

“I am extremely proud of Vanessa and her effort she puts forth in the classroom. She is one of the hardest workers on the court, and being named a Capital One Second Team Academic All-American proves that she is one of the hardest workers in the classroom,” Wesleyan head coach Ryan Showman said. “This is a huge deal for Vanessa and for our women’s basketball program. I am happy that she has earned recognition for her academic work at KWU. She is a true example of the term ‘student-athlete’ and we as a program couldn’t be happier for her!”

Senior guard Samantha Kleinsasser of Northwestern (Iowa) College headlines the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Basketball Team.

The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Basketball first team consists of Kleinsasser, junior guard-forward Suzie Broski of Saint Xavier, senior forward Jenna Diakos of Louisiana State University-Shreveport, junior guard Rachel Melcher of Madonna and Broski’s Saint Xavier teammate, junior guard-forward Morgan Stuut.

Broski, a junior Rockford, Ill., product, sports a 4.00 G.P.A. while pursuing a biology/pre-health degree. She ranks 19th in NAIA Division II and second in the CCAC with a 53.8 percent field-goal percentage. Broski produces 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game. Broski has aided Saint Xavier to a No. 6 national ranking, 23-4 ledger and a tie for the CCAC lead at 13-2 in league play. As a sophomore, she took second-team Capital One Academic All-America® acclaim, second-team all-conference honors and set single-season school records for minutes played and minutes per game.

A senior community health/pre-physical therapy major from Ragley, La., Diakos boasts of a 4.00 G.P.A. Diakos leads the Red River Athletic Conference and ranks 14th in NAIA Division I in field-goal percentage at 53.2 percent. The three-time all-conference performer is averaging 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. Diakos became LSU-Shreveport’s all-time leading scorer (1,399 points) and rebounder (757) this season. The Lady Pilots are third in the RRAC with a 16-6 record, 8-3 in conference play.

Melcher, a junior biology major from Sterling Heights, Mich., has posted a 3.96 G.P.A. Melcher leads Madonna in scoring (15.7 points a game), rebounding (8.6), assists (3.7 a contest) and steals (1.77). She recently passed the 1,000-point and 500-rebound marks with 1,002 points and 504 rebounds. The Wolverine-Hoosier Conference honored her as its player of the week once this season. Melcher was an NAIA scholar-athlete, academic all-conference and honorable-mention all-conference selection.

A junior nursing major from Marcellus, Mich, Stuut has compiled a 3.87 G.P.A. Stuut’s 20.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.37 steals a game lead Saint Xavier in every category. She tops NAIA Division II with 353 rebounds and 9.2 defensive rebounds a contest while ranking second nationally in rebounding. She has been chosen league player of the week six times this season. In 2012-13, Stuut became a WBCA Player of the Year finalist, first-team All-American, CCAC Player of the Year, a first-team all-conference pick and four-time CCAC player of the week. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® third team last season. She is a two-time All-American and first-team all-conference player.

The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Basketball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.97.

Senior Taylor Belmont of Vanguard University, junior Katie Gonnering of the University of St. Francis (Ill.), junior Vanessa Kresin of Kansas Wesleyan University, senior Katresa Savisky of Point Park University, and senior Kourtney Shirley of Johnson & Wales (Colo.) University comprise the second team. Gonnering repeated as a Capital One Academic All-America® selection after making the first team in 2013.

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. Honorees to the Academic All-District First Team are then considered for Academic All-America status as voted on by the National Academic All-America Committee.

2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Team College Division
FIRST TEAM
Suzie Broski, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Jenna Diakos, LSU-Shreveport
* Samantha Kleinsasser, Northwestern (Iowa)
Rachel Melcher, Madonna (Mich.)
Morgan Stuut, Saint Xavier (Ill.)

* Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year

SECOND TEAM
Taylor Belmont, Vanguard (Calif.)
Katie Gonnering, St. Francis (Ill.)
Vanessa Kresin, Kansas Wesleyan
Katresa Savisky, Point Park (Pa.)
Kourtney Shirley, Johnson and Wales (Colo.)

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