Cowgirls Tapia, Rusk Earn Academic Honors

Junior Clara Tapia and sophomore Taylor Rusk were named to the Academic All-District VII Women’s Basketball First Team and Second Teams, respectively on Thursday.

In being named to the First Team, Tapia now moves on to the Academic All-America® Team ballot, which will be chosen on March 7. Tapia is the first Cowgirl since Kayla Woodward in 2015 to earn first team honors.

Tapia was an Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar-Athlete selection a year ago, and carries a 4.00 gpa in molecular biology and chemistry. The junior from Barcelona, Spain is averaging 4.7 points and a team-leading 4.3 assists.

Rusk was also named an Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar-Athlete during her freshman campaign and currently has a 4.00 gpa in nursing and management. A sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colo., she is averaging 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds plus 3.0 assists per contest. She was selected to the All-Freshman Team a season ago.

In January, the pair were recipients of the The "Williams Scholars" award which will be presented to the top UW female student-athletes majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs over the next four years.