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Source: Randy Peterson, 785-532-7975,
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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Along with success on the court, Kansas State University's women's basketball team has earned recognition for success in the classroom during the 2008-2009 basketball season.

K-State is 13th on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll with a team grade point average of 3.374. K-State is the only Big 12 school to make the honor roll. K-State also is the highest rated school from a BCS conference to make the honor roll, with only one other BCS school making the listing -- Villanova, from the Big East Conference, at No. 18.

It's the second consecutive year the women's team has made the honor roll and the fifth time overall. The team ranked second on the honor roll in 2007-2008 and in 2002-2003. It also earned top 20 rankings in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

K-State finished the 2008-2009 season with a 25-8 mark, the third highest win total in school history, and made the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament for the 11th time. In addition, K-State placed a school-record and Big 12 Conference-leading eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 first team for women's basketball. It was the second consecutive year K-State has eight selections on the Academic All Big-12 teams.

2008-2009 team members who helped K-State make the honor roll included:

Kari Kincaid, junior in elementary education, Andover; Kelsey Hill, sophomore in agricultural communications and journalism, Lenexa; Marlies Gipson, senior in secondary education, and Ashley Sweat, junior in kinesiology, both from McPherson; Kelsey Nelson, senior in elementary education, Riley; Shalee Lehning, senior in electronic journalism, Sublette.

From out of state: Jalana Childs, freshman in sociology, Orlando, Fla.; Shalin Spani, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Alina Voronenko, freshman in business administration, Otterville, Mo.; Danielle Zanotti, senior in psychology, Mustang, Okla.; and Branshea Brown, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, Walterboro, S.C.