Stepp, Bankhead and Mathews named WCC All-Academic

Feb. 26, 2004

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

This is the second time that the Bulldogs trio were selected to the all-academic squad, with all three receiving honors in 2003.

Stepp, a senior from Eugene, Ore., who was selected to the College Sports Information Director of America All-District VIII team last week, has a 3.24 GPA in business administration. Bankhead, a senior from Walla Walla, Wash., carries a 3.31 in sports management. Mathews, a junior from Riverside, Calif., has a 3.32 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.

Portland's Andreas Gahlmann led the men's team with a 3.89 GPA in Bio-chemistry. The Pilots have the most representatives on this year's squad, as Gahlmann is joined by teammates Karl Aaker and Dustin Geddis on the all-academic team.

The women's team was highlighted by San Francisco's Carey Sauer, Loyola Marymount's Kate Murray and Portland's Khalila O'Rielly-Williams, all named to the all-academic team for the third time. O'Rielly-Williams was also named to the Verizon Academic All-District Team.

Name School Class Pos GPA Major
Karl Aaker Portland Junior F 3.01 Business
Kyle Bankhead Gonzaga Graduate G 3.31 Sports Management
Jason Dickens LMU Senior F 3.25 Business Admin.
Andreas Gahlmann Portland Junior C 3.89 Bio-chemistry
Dustin Geddis Portland Senior F 3.33 Management
Jim Howell Santa Clara Senior C 3.07 Business Finance
Keith Jarbo Pepperdine Sophomore G 3.71 Sports Medicine
Ethan Rodhe Santa Clara Junior G 3.21 Finance
Blake Stepp Gonzaga Senior G 3.24 Business Admin.

2004 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Name School Class Pos GPA Major Whitney Grant Portland Sophomore G 3.83 Business Shandrika Lee Pepperdine Senior G 3.25 Sports Medicine Lindsay Lopez Saint Mary's Senior G 3.89 Kinesiology Shannon Mathews Gonzaga Junior G 3.32 Sports Management Kate Murray LMU Graduate F 3.87 Business Khalila O'Reilly-Williams Portland Senior F 3.31 Life Science Melissa Padgett San Diego Senior F 3.50 History Toni Russell San Francisco Junior G 3.68 Psychology Carey Sauer San Francisco Graduate F 3.90 Mathematics Raelen Self LMU Senior G 3.25 Natrual Science Kelli Spencer Pepperdine Junior F 3.93 Psychology



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