Hansen Named to Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
Thursday, February 21, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson
Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

"This is a tremendous honor for Sarah," FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. "Sarah epitomizes the term 'student-athlete'. She works very hard on the court and in the classroom and is very deserving of such recognition."

Hansen is the first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status. She is also the only basketball player, men’s or women’s, in the Atlantic Sun Conference to earn the distinction this year. Previously in 2012, Hansen, who earned her second consecutive Capital One Academic All-District 4 first team selection on Feb. 1, 2013, was honored as the A-Sun’s Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women's Scholar-Athlete Team and earned DI-AAA ADA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the Scholar-Athlete Team.

Hansen, a Chemistry major who has a 3.94 cumulative GPA and earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fall 2012 term, has started every game this season. She leads the team in scoring (17.0), rebounding (7.9), blocks (19) and minutes (31.1) and ranks in the Atlantic Sun Conference’s top 10 in points, rebounds, field goal percentage (.480), free throw percentage (.837), steals (2.0), blocks and minutes. The McKean, Pa. native, who is the sixth player in program history to score 1,000 career points, currently ranks second in the FGCU record books with 1,343 career points (just 72 points off the lead with a full season plus remaining in her career).

New Mexico’s Caroline Durbin, Ashley Eide of South Dakota State, Amanda Hyde of IPFW, Akron’s Rachel Tecca and Alli Williams of Saint Francis (Pa.) join the Hansen on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I second team.

The Capital One Academic All-America Division I first team, led by Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne, includes Northern Iowa graduate student Jacqui Kalin, North Carolina State senior Marissa Kastanek, Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike and Youngstown State senior Brandi Brown. Delle Donne was voted the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

The Green and Blue, winners of an A-Sun record 33 consecutive conference regular season games, will be back in action on Saturday, February 23, when they travel to DeLand to battle A-Sun rival Stetson (19-7, 12-3 A-Sun). Tipoff at the Edmunds Center, where the Hatters are 12-0 this season and have won 16 consecutive games, is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ASun.TV. A win over Stetson on Saturday afternoon will guarantee the Green and Blue at least a share of the A-Sun Regular Season crown.

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