Towson, Md. – Saint Xavier University sophomores Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) were both recognized Monday as members of the 2013 Capital One College Division Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Broski earned a spot on the second team, while Stuut was named to the third team. The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® basketball teams are comprised of student-athletes from both divisions of the NAIA as well as Canadian and two-year institutions. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Broski is a guard who averages 16.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Cougars. She leads SXU with a field goal percentage of 52 percent (204-for-389). Broski is majoring in biology (pre-health) at Saint Xavier University and carries a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA. A forward for the No. 14 ranked Cougars, Stuut leads the team in scoring (18.2 ppg), rebounding (11.4 rpg) and blocks (1.3 bpg). She has been a double threat for SXU all season posting 17 double-double efforts on the year. Only 15 players are recognized nationally in each of the four divisions (NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division) with five players earning either first, second or third team honors. Saint Xavier joined Indiana Wesleyan University (Ind.) as the only NAIA institution to have two players recognized on the women's basketball side this season.
"To have your two best players also be two of your best students is a special treat," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "I never have to motivate these two young ladies, because they already know how to work hard and excel in everything they do. With only 15 players being recognized for this achievement in the entire NAIA, it is pretty amazing to think that we have two on our team. It really shows just how talented this pair is."
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.