FORT MYERS, Fla. – After leading FGCU to its second straight Atlantic Sun regular season title, which was also the program’s third in five years, and securing the first undefeated A-Sun season since 1995-96, redshirt-sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) and senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) were named to the A-Sun’s Academic All-Conference team the league office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The A-Sun also honored Hansen as the Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the league’s Academic All-Conference team.
Hansen was chosen as the Scholar Athlete of the Year, by the conference Sports Information Directors, after earning a 3.95 GPA in chemistry. The redshirt-sophomore helped the Eagles to the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun Basketball Tournament, a 26-2 overall record this season and a perfect 18-0 in conference play. The McKean, Pa. native is averaging a team-best 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds and ranking second on the Eagles in steals (1.9) and blocks (17). A Capital 1 Academic All-District 4 first team selection, Hansen sits eighth all-time in scoring in program history with 813 points and also ranks in the top-15 in the A-Sun in six categories (points, rebounds, field goal percentage, free-throw percentage, steals, blocks).
Chihil has played in 27 of 28 games for the Green and Blue this season, helping FGCU to the seventh-best winning percentage in the nation. Her 3.86 GPA in nursing earned her a spot on the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team. A member of the Capital 1 Academic All-District 4 first team, Chihil is FGCU’s leader in minutes and ranks among A-Sun leaders (in conference games only) in six categories (free-throw percentage, field goal percentage, assists, steals, three-point percentage and scoring).
The A-Sun introduced the new sport-by-sport Academic All-Conference teams this fall to recognize student-athletes who embody the conference’s mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.
The No. 1 seeded Eagles return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when they take on the No. 8 seed ETSU Lady Bucs (8-21, 7-11 A-Sun) at Mercer’s University Center in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament. Tip is set for 12:00 p.m. ET and the game can be seen live on ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard live on ESPN 770AM in Fort Myers or online at www.770ESPN.com with David Moulton and Mark Miller on the call.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE of the YEAR
Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Sophomore | Guard | GPA: 3.95 | Major: Chemistry | Hometown: McKean, Pa.
• Leads the Eagles in rebounding (6.2) and steals (2.0)
• Named to the Capital One/ CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 First team
• 2011 A-Sun All-Academic honoree
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Natalie Pickwell, ETSU (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.73 | Interior Design)
Courtney Chihil, FGCU (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.96 | Nursing)
Taylor Mills, Kennesaw State (Freshman | Guard | GPA: 3.51 | Biology)
Anna Bowers, Lipscomb (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.74 | American Studies)
Morgan Faulkner, Lipscomb (Junior | Guard | GPA: 3.97 | Exercise Science)
** A tie in voting resulted in a six person All-Conference Team