Towson, Md. -Saint Xavier University junior guard
Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) was one of just 15
players nationwide to earn a spot on the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America
Women's Basketball Teams when the honors were released by CoSIDA (College
Sports Information Directors of America) Thursday morning.
Student-athletes receiving this prestigious recognition are selected through
votes cast by members of CoSIDA and are recognized as the nation's top
student-athletes for their combined performance both on the court and in the
classroom. Young earned third team recognition within the College
Division of the All-America Team, which combines nominees from women's
basketball teams at the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Canadian and
two-year school levels.
"What makes this award so special is that it combines
excellence in basketball and academics, which makes the honor very selective,"
said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg.
"Marissa has always excelled in both areas and it is nice to see her
rewarded for her commitment to that cause. She is a special type of player and a leader
within our program."
Young currently leads the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic
Conference (CCAC) in both scoring (18.0 points per game) and steals (3.7 spg). Her scoring average (18.0 ppg) ranks her No.
17 in the NAIA and she is also third nationally in steals per game (3.7
spg). Young is majoring in biology
(pre-medicine) at Saint Xavier University and carries a 3.95 grade-point
average. Although a junior in terms of
athletic eligibility, she has completed enough hours to rank as a senior
academically. Young was one of just four
NAIA players nationally to qualify for the All-America Teams joining Whitney
Ballinger from Campbellsville University (Ky.), Jessilyn Conicelli from Biola
University (Calif.) and Becca Hurley from Northwestern College (Iowa).
Saint Xavier (21-6
overall/8-1 CCAC) is in the midst of another impressive season and will wrap up
its regular season slate on Saturday, February 26, against Robert Morris
University (Ill.). The final game will
begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gentile Center in Chicago.
Click here to read the official CoSIDA press release for the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America Team