Texas Tech Boasts Seven on Academic All-Big 12 Teams|
Taylor Powell was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for the third time in her career Thursday.
May 8, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech softball program had seven student-athletes honored Thursday on the Academic All-Big 12 teams that were announced by the conference office.
The Red Raiders had six student-athletes - Gretchen Aucoin, Samantha Camello, Cara Custer, Taylor Powell, Brooke Scott and Brittany Talley - selected to the first team while Marisa Malazzo garnered second team accolades.
Camello and Powell were two of five conference athletes nominated with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. This is the third-straight year where Powell has been honored by the conference with a 4.0 GPA.
Powell is only the second Red Raider in school history to be nominated with a 4.0 GPA in three-straight seasons, joining former teammate and current volunteer assistant coach Holley Gentsch, who did so from 2010-12.
Talley joins Powell as a three-time first team honoree while Custer, a second team selection in 2013, was rewarded for the second-consecutive season. Aucoin, Camello, Scott and Malazzo were all recognized for the first time in their respective careers.
Tech had not previously placed seven or more student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams since a school-record 10 players were honored in 2012. The Red Raiders have now received 27 total selections to the two teams during head coach Shanon Hays' tenure (2010-present).
To qualify, 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 their 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 al the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections have recorded a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.