Tapia 3rd Team Academic All-America

Junior Clara Tapia was named to the Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Third Team on Monday. She moved to the ballot after being named First Team Academic All-District VII in February. It’s the first since former Cowgirl Chaundra Sewell in 2013 earned third team honors.

Tapia was an Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar-Athlete selection a year ago, and carries a 4.0 gpa in molecular biology and chemistry. The junior from Barcelona, Spain has played in all 31 games this season for the Cowgirls. She is averaging 4.7 points and a team-leading 4.4 assists. In January, she and sophomore Taylor Rusk 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.     

Twelve of the 16 members of the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I women’s basketball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 10 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 4.02, with the three teams combining for a 3.91 GPA.     

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.


Name School Yr. GPA Major

Cherise Beynon New Mexico Sr. 4.10 Business

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott Toledo Gr. 4.00 Communication

Mikayla Ferenz Idaho Jr. 4.00 Mathematics/App Actuary Science & Finance

Carmen Grande Ball State Jr. 4.00 Mathematical Science

Jordan Korinek (2) Kent State Sr. 4.00 Special Education


Name School Yr. GPA Major

Amanda Cahill (3) Indiana Sr. 3.92 Elementary Education

Shaelyn Martin Kansas State Sr. 4.00 Kinesiology

Brittany McPhee Stanford Sr. 3.71 Human Biology

Janie Miles Presbyterian Sr. 4.00 Biology

Kylee Smith Belmont Gr. 3.90 / 4.00 Master of Sport Administration


Name School Yr. GPA Major

Ciara Duffy South Dakota So. 4.00 Political Science

Delaney Hodgins Eastern Washington Sr. 3.86 Health Informatics Technology & Management

Kia Nurse (3) Connecticut Sr. 3.55 Individualized (Sport in Media)

Sara Rhine Drake University Jr. 4.00 Elementary Education

Clara Tapia Wyoming Jr. 4.00 Molecular Biology/Chemistry

Carlie Wagner (3) Minnesota Sr. 3.59 Business Marketing Education/Communication Stud.

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