Stepp, Bankhead, Mathews Named WCC All-Academic

Feb. 26, 2003

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University men's basketball guards Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead, and women's guard Shannon Mathews have been named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team as announced by WCC Commissioner Mike Gilleran.

The Bulldogs trio were first-time selection to the all-academic squad.

Stepp, a junior from Eugene, Ore., who was selected to the Verizon/College Sports Information Director of America All-District VIII team last week, has a 3.21 GPA in business administration. Bankhead, a junior from Walla Walla, Wash., carries a 3.22 in sports management. Mathews, a sophomore from Riverside, Calif., has a 3.50 GPA in sports management.

To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials, and have sophomore athletic and academic standing.

This year's group is highlighted by four-time all-academic honoree Matt Delzell of the University of San Diego. Delzell's 3.53 GPA in business administration is second only to fellow senior and teammate Jason Blair who makes his second appearance on the all-academic team with a 3.59 GPA in business administration.

The women's all-academic team consists of eight first time honorees. WCC leading scorer Khalila O'Rielly-Williams of the University of Portland joins the University of San Francisco's Carey Sauer, Santa Clara University's Kendra Rhea and Katie Davis of Saint Mary's College as second time members of the all-academic squad. Sauer was named to the 2003 Verizon/CoSIDA All-District VIII team and owns a 3.87 GPA in mathematics.

2003 WCC MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name School Class Pos GPA Major
Kyle Bankhead Gonzaga JR G 3.22 Sports Management

Jason Blair San Diego SR F 3.59 Business Administration
Adam Caporn Saint Mary's SO G 3.47 Undecided
Matt Delzell San Diego SR G 3.53 Business Administration
Jason Dickens Loyla Marymount JR F 3.20 Business Administration
Ethan Rodhe Santa Clara SO G 3.23 Finance
Blake Stepp Gonzaga JR G 3.21 Business Administration

2003 WCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name School Class Pos GPA Major
Tammy Annas Santa Clara SR F 3.20 Operations Management
Katie Davis Saint Mary's Grad G 3.35 Business Administration
Jennifer Henry Loyola Marymount SO C 3.76 Political Science
Shannon Mathews Gonzaga SO G 3.50 Sports Management
Julie Morris Saint Mary's SR G 3.32 Physical Education
Khalila O'Rielly-Williams Portland JR F 3.46 Life Science
Melissa Padgett San Diego JR F 3.39 History
Kendra Rhea Santa Clara SR F 3.24 Electrical Engineering
Toni Russell San Francisco SO G 3.61 Psychology
Carey Sauer San Francisco JR F 3.87 Mathematics
Raelen Self Loyola Marymount JR G 3.29 Natrual Science
Kelli Spencer Pepperdine SO F 3.91 Psychology

 

 

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