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Feb. 25, 1998

DALLAS - Top performers on the field also are among the elite in the classroom as the league office announced its 73-member women's and men's basketball Academic All-Big 12 teams today.

On the women's side, Lady Raiders Rene Hanebutt and Elisha Walker were members of the first-team, while Alicia Thompson was honorable mention. For the Red Raider men, Ross Carmichael and Andrew Patterson were first-team selections and Brock Barnes was an honorable mention honoree.

A total 48 women's student-athletes are honored, including 27 who have started at least 10 games this season. Of the 25 men represented, there are 15 who are considered starters.

Nominated by the directors of student-athlete support services and the athletic media relations directors, members of the all-academic teams have posted at least a 3.0 grade point average either cumulative or the previous two academic semesters and are regulars, i.e. letterwinners, on their respective teams. First-team honorees are regulars who have at least a 3.2 grade point average while those student-athletes with grade point averages of between 3.0 and 3.19 are listed as honorable mention.

Special recognition goes to Jennifer Jackson of Kansas and Desiree Taylor of Oklahoma, who were both nominated with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Jackson is starter for the Jayhawks and is third on the team with an 8.7 scoring average while Taylor is averaging 13 minutes per outing for the Sooners with a 3.0 scoring mean.

On the women's side, Nebraska has five players who are starting or have started for at least 10 games this season. Senior Anna DeForge currently ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (18.5) and heads the Huskers' list as an honorable mention selection. Starting teammates Jami Kubik, Cori McDill, Charlie Rogers are first-team choices and Emily Thompson join DeForge on the academic squad.

Three of Iowa State's women's starters are on the team, including the senior tandem of Janel Grimm and Jayme Olson. Cyclone sophomore Stacey Frese leads the Big 12 in assists, 5.9 per game and is seventh in scoring with a 15.3 average. Kansas State also placed three starters on the women's team - Jenny Coalson, Brit Jacobson, and Kimberly Woodlee. Additionally, Oklahoma placed three starters - seniors Shonika Breedlove and Roxanne Long, and junior Michele Workman, whose sister Kelly is also honored on the OU squad. Colorado's two honorees are both senior starters - La Shena Graham and Alexis Felts.

Missouri sophomore Julie Helm is the top scorer on the women's academic squad at 20.0 per outing, good for is third in the league. Tiger teammate Ekpedeme Akpaffiong is the other Missouri starter honored.

Joining Jackson is Kansas starter Jaclyn Johnson. Other starters on the women's team include Oklahoma State's Jennifer Crow and Cheri Edwards, Texas' Kim Lummus, and Texas A&M's Prissy Sharpe and Kim Linder.

On the men's side, Big 12 champion Kansas and Texas A&M led all schools with four honorees each on the academic all-league team. Every one of the Aggies honored are regular starters led sophomore Brian Barone, son of head coach Tony Barone, an Academic All-America baskerball player at Duke. Other Aggie starters on the academic squad include Aaron Jack, Steve Houston, and Larry Thompson. Jayhawk starters honored include T.J. Pugh, and Ryan Robertson.

Two of Iowa State's and Kansas State's top three season scorers are honored. For the Cyclones junior Klay Edwards (10.0 ppg) and sophomore Paul Shirley (8.4 ppg) have made the academic squad as is junior Shawn Rhodes (11.1 ppg) and senior Aaron Schwartzendurber (9.1 ppg) for the Wildcats. Also on the list is Nebraska junior starter Andy Markowski.

Oklahoma starters Renzi Stone and Ryan Humphrey are also academic honorees as is Texas Tech sophomore starter Ross Carmichael. Colorado placed three freshmen on the squad with Jamahl Mosely, Ernest Renfroe and Aki Thomas.

1998 Women's Basketball Academic All-Big 12 Team

(*indicates nominated with a 4.0 grade point average)
First Team
Name                           Class    Major                       Hometown
La Shena Graham, Colorado       Sr.     Accounting                  Independence, Mo.
Stacy Frese, Iowa State         So.     Finance/German              Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Janel Grimm, Iowa State         Sr.     Elementary Education        North English, Iowa
Jayme Olson, Iowa State         Sr.     Psychology                  Bettendorf, Iowa
*Jennifer Jackson, Kansas       Fr.     History/Political Science   Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Jaclyn Johnson, Kansas          Fr.     Journalism                  Burbank, Calif.
Casey Pruitt, Kansas            Fr.     Sports Management           Jonesboro, Ark.
Nikki White, Kansas             Fr.     Pre-Medicine                Memphis, Tenn.
Jenny Coalson, Kansas State     Jr.     Secondary Education/Math    Calhan, Colo.
Morgen Finneran, Kansas State   Fr.     Arts & Sciences/Undecided   Grangury, Texas
Brit Jacobson, Kansas State     Sr.     Elementary Education        Chugiak, Alaska
Kimberly Woodlee, Kansas State  Fr.     Pre-Health Prof. Program    Beersheba Springs, Tenn.
Ekpedeme Akpaffiong, Missouri   So.     Biology                     Houston, Texas
Amy Monsees, Missouri           So.     Psychology                  Kansas City, Mo.
Kate Benson, Nebraska           Jr.     Political Science           Prairie Village, Kan.
Amy Gusso, Nebraska             Sr.     Biological Sciences         Spearfish, S.D.
Jami Jurgens, Nebraska          Sr.     Advertising                 Bellevue, Neb.
Jami Kubik, Nebraska            Sr.     Accounting                  Cambirdge, Neb.
Cori McDill, Nebraska           Jr.     Education                   Gillette, Wyo.
Charlie Rogers, Nebraska        So.     Education                   South Sioux City, Neb.
Amanda Went, Nebraska           Fr.     Undecided                   Columbus, Neb.
Shonika Breedlove, Oklahoma     Sr.     Communication               Muskogee, Okla.
Sunny Hardeman, Oklahoma        Fr.     University Studies          Norman, Okla.
Roxanne Long, Oklahoma          Sr.     Social Studies              Corvallis, Ore.
*Desiree Taylor, Oklahoma       Fr.     University Studies          Richardson, Texas
Michele Workman, Oklahoma       Jr.     Management                  Chichasha, Okla.
Kourtney Bower, Oklahoma State  Jr.     Education                   Midwest City, Okla.
Jennifer Crow, Oklahoma State   So.     Education                   Corn, Okla.
Cheri Edwards, Oklahoma State   Sr.     Education                   Tecumseh, Okla.
Meg Brown, Texas                Fr.     Education                   Arlington, Texas
Kim Lummus, Texas               Jr.     Corporate Communications    Cleburne, Texas
Kera Alexander, Texas A&M       So.     Computer Science            Whitesboro, Texas
Prissy Sharpe, Texas A&M        So.     Teacher Education           Longview, Texas
Rene Hanebutt, Texas Tech       Jr.     Political Science           Bowie, Texas
Elesha Walker, Texas Tech       Sr.     Biology                     Weatherford, Texas

Honorable Mention
Alexis Felts, Colorado          Sr.     Communication               San Carlos, Calif.
Heather Fletcher, Kansas        So.     Elementary Education        Wichita, Kan.
Julie Helm, Missouri            So.     Business                    Washington, Ind.
Anna DeForge, Nebraska          Sr.     Business Administration     Niagara, Wis.
Emily Thompson, Nebraska        Sr.     Communication Studies       Springfield, Mo.
Kelly Workman, Oklahoma         Jr.     Management                  Chickasha, Okla.
Sarah Boyd, Oklahoma State      Sr.     Education                   Pryor, Okla.
Nikki Harmon, Oklahoma State    Jr.     Journalism                  Alva, Okla.
Taryn Brown, Texas              Jr.     Government                  Memphis, Tenn.
Virginia Viverette, Texas       So.     English                     Mount Belvieu, Texas
Jennifer Burrows, Texas A&M     So.     Business                    Temple, Texas
Kim Linder, Texas A&M           Sr.     Finance                     Amarillo, Texas
Alicia Thompson, Texas Tech     Sr.     Public Relations            Big Lake, Texas

1998 Men's Basketball Academic All-Big 12 Team

First Team
Name, School                      Class     Major                   Hometown
John Perkins, Baylor                Sr.     Physics                 Plano, Texas
Jamahl Mosley, Colorado             Fr.     Open Option             Vista, Calif.
Paul Shirley, Iowa State            So.     Mechanical Engineering  Meriden, Kan.
C.B. McGrath, Kansas                Sr.     Human Biology           Topeka, Kan.
T.J. Pugh, Kansas                   Jr.     Psychology              Omaha, Neb.
Ryan Robertson, Kansas              Jr.     Business Administration St. Charles, Mo.
Josh Reid, Kansas State             So.     Business Administration Brewster, Kan.
Shawn Rhodes, Kansas State          Jr.     Business Administration Wichita, Kan.
Aaron Swartzendruber, Kansas State  Sr.     Accounting              Kalona, Iowa
Andy Markowski, Nebraska            Jr.     Education               Ord, Neb.
Ryan Humphrey, Oklahoma             Fr.     Undecided               Tulsa, Okla.
Renzi Stone, Oklahoma               So.     Undecided               Tulsa, Okla.
Brandy Perryman, Texas              Sr.     Kinesiology/Phys. Ther. Garden City, Kan.
Brian Barone, Texas A&M             So.     General Studies         College Station, Texas
Aaron Jack, Texas A&M               Fr.     Kinesiology             Tulsa, Okla.
Ross Carmichael, Texas Tech         So.     Arts & Sciences         Dallas, Texas
Andrew Patterson, Texas Tech        So.     Elec. Eng./Comp. Sci.   Artesia, N.M.

Honorable Mention
Ernest Renfroe, Colorado            Fr.     Open Option             Memphis, Tenn.
Aki Thomas, Colorado                Fr.     Open Option             New York, N.Y.
Klay Edwards, Iowa State            Jr.     Management Inf. Systems Morning Sun, Iowa
Chris Martin, Kansas                Jr.     Communication Studies   Overland Park, Kan.
Steve Houston, Texas A&M            So.     General Studies         The Colony, Texas
Larry Thompson, Texas A&M           Sr.     Agricultural Dev.       Houston, Texas
Chris Mihm, Texas                   Fr.     Undeclared              Austin, Texas
Brock Barnes, Texas Tech            Sr.     Business/Financial Pl.  Perryton, Texas




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