Four Jayhawks Honored By Big 12

March 4, 2010


Four members of the Kansas women’s basketball team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team, the league office announced on Thursday. Seniors Danielle McCray, Porscha Weddington and Kelly Kohn were all selected to the first team, while redshirt-freshman Angel Goodrich earned second-team honors.

This marks the third-consecutive year Kohn has earned spot on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. The Adrian, Mich., native is a communication studies major, planning to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. Kohn has appeared in 20 games for the Jayhawks this season and 107 total in her career. She ranks ninth on KU’s all-time three-point goals made list with 85.

McCray and Weddington are appearing on the list for the first time in their careers. Before suffering a season-ending injury on Feb. 4, McCray, a communication studies major, was averaging a team-leading 19.8 points per game and a blistering 41.7 three-point field goal percentage. Her 7.2 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game were second on the KU squad. In addition to her success both on and off the court this season, McCray will leave Kansas as one of the all-time greats in program history, as her name appears in the KU record books top 10 list in nine different categories.

Weddington, also a communication studies major, was hampered by illness for much of the 2009-10 season, but made significant contributions her first three years in the program.

Goodrich, who is majoring in applied behavior science, also had her season cut short due to injury, as she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee on Jan. 12. Prior to the injury, Goodrich had started in all 15 games for the Jayhawks, averaging 7.1 assists and 6.8 points per game. In that brief time, she tallied 106 total assists, becoming the fastest player in school history to reach 100 assists. Goodrich was also ranked fourth in the nation and first in the Big 12 in assists.

To qualify for the Academic All-Big 12 team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The academic all-league squad consists of 34 first team members combined with 13 on the second team. First team members include those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.