FORT MYERS, Fla. - Less than one month after leading FGCU to its sixth consecutive postseason Division I Tournament appearance, redshirt junior Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) was named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women's Scholar-Athlete team, the organization announced on Thursday, April. 11.
This marks the second time Hansen has been named to the DI-AAA ADA Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete team. Last season, she was named DI-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and joined by former teammate Courtney Chihil on the 2012 DI-AAA ADA Women's Scholar-Athlete team. This year, FGCU is the only school in the A-Sun to have a player on the Scholar-Athlete team and the only team in the state to be represented.
"We are extremely proud of this well-earned recognition that has been bestowed upon Sarah,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh, who also served as the President for the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association. “Sarah personifies the definition of student-athlete and we are so appreciative of her numerous sacrifices, efforts and contributions to FGCU Athletics in general and the University as a whole.”
Hansen, a chemistry major and math minor with a 3.94 cumulative GPA, was a dominant force this year, leading the Eagles (27-7) to a third consecutive regular season conference crown, as they became the first squad in A-Sun history to go undefeated in A-Sun play in back-to-back seasons. The first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status, Hansen posted team-highs of 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds to rank second and seventh, respectively, in the A-Sun. She finished in double figures a team-best 31 times, reaching the 20-point mark on nine occasions and recording eight double-doubles, capped by a 12 point, 11 rebound performance against Winthrop in the first round of the WNIT (Mar. 21).
Hansen, a College Sports Madness and Atlantic Sun Player of the Year honoree, a College Sports Madness and A-Sun first team all-conference selection, the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a Capital One Academic All-America second team pick, a College Sports Madness All-Mid Major first team selection and a Full Court Mid-Major All-American honorable mention honoree, wrapped up her third season with the Green and Blue and sits as one of two players in program history to have recorded 1,400 points and 600 rebounds (Adrienne McNally; 2006-10). With one year of eligibility remaining, she currently ranks first in FGCU history with 1,439 points, while also ranking second in total rebounds (644), steals (185) and offensive rebounds (238), third in defensive rebounds (406) and ninth in assists (186).
This is the 11th year the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association has presented Scholar-Athlete teams in men and women's basketball. Two 11-member squads are selected for each gender as well as an overall male and female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Criteria are based on the nominee being a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials and at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. The student-athlete must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible), completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
About Division I-AAA ADA:
Now in its 12th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 101 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
2013 Division I-AAA Women’s Scholar-Athlete Team
Name, Institution (GPA | Major)
Maggie Blair, Manhattan (3.94 | Finance Management)
Haley D’Angelo, Iona (3.89 | Business Administration)
Lily Grenci, Siena (3.86 | Sociology)
Sarah Hansen, FGCU (3.94 | Chemistry)
Raven Harris, UMBC (4.00 |Teaching)
Amanda Hyde, IPFW (4.00 | Mathematics and Teaching)
Sarah Nelson, Creighton (3.70 | Pre-Health Science and Finance)
Eilise O’Conner, UMKC (3.99 | Health Sciences)
Erin Shields, Saint Joseph’s (3.86 | Accounting and Finance)
Kacie Sowell, Seattle (3.47 | Sports and Exercise Science)
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Amanda Hyde, IPFW
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient: Alexandra Hall, Hartford