Kemp Named Academic All-District

Feb. 9, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas senior women’s basketball player Crystal Kemp was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. As a first team member, Kemp becomes eligible for Academic All-America honors to be released at a later date.

The honor is the first for Kemp in her career. She becomes the first KU player to receive an Academic All-District award since Jennifer Jackson was named to the second team in 2001.

A Speech Language and Hearing major from Topeka, Kan., Kemp has been a standout in the classroom throughout her career. She is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and has been a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every year.

On the court, Kemp is having her best season as a Jayhawk with averages of 19.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in every game this season and in her last 21 outings overall. She continues to solidify herself among the elite players to ever don the Crimson and Blue as she is just one of seven Jayhawks in history to reach 1,400 career points and 700 career rebounds.

A student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher to be eligible for the Academic All-District Team.

Behind Kemp, Kansas (14-7) has posted its most wins since the 1999-2000 season. The Jayhawks get their next test on Saturday, Feb. 11 when KU travels to Columbia, Mo., to face Border Showdown rival Missouri for the first time this season. Game time from the Mizzou Sports Arena is 3 p.m. The game can be seen on Metro Sports of Kansas City and heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Winners – University Division
First Team
Sarah Klaassen, Missouri State University
Lindsay Thomas, Colorado State University
Cassie Hager, University of Northern Iowa
Crystal Kemp, University of Kansas
Jackie McFarland, University of Colorado

Second Team
Pamela Findlay, U.S. Air Force Academy
Katie Lorenz, North Dakota State University
Lyndsey Medders, Iowa State University
Jessica McFarland, Kansas State University
Danni Heintzelman, North Dakota State University