CoSIDA Announces GTE Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- The GTE Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition to achieving excellence in the classroom, many of the players are on teams that qualified for postseason play.

The College Division includes Suzanne Venet of Mount Union, a senior from Massilon, Ohio, with a 3.86 Grade Point Average as a sport medicine/physical education major who is averaging 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds per game. Mount Union is 28-2 and plays Southern Maine in the Division III semifinals tomorrow.

The College Division first team also features Krista Kandere of Saint Rose (3.91/biology/chemistry), a senior from Riga, Latvia, who was named the Division's GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year. Kandere helped her team win its first 33 games before losing in the Division II regional finals and was a first team Kodak All-American. Also named was Missy McVoy of Northern Colorado (4.00/kinesiology), a senior from Monument, Colo., whose team finished 21-8 and made the NCAA second round.

The University Division features Team Member of the Year Lisa Davies of Southwest Missouri St. (4.00/communication science disorders), a senior from Oak Grove, Mo.; Cindy Blodgett of Maine (3.32/education), a senior from Clinton, Maine; and Katrina Price of Stephen F. Austin (3.58/kinesiology), a senior from Waco, Texas. All three teams qualified for the Division I tournament.

Rounding out the College Division first team are Lori Robinson-Nuzzo of Slippery Rock, a graduate student from Bradford, Pa. (4.00/health & physical education); and Jarra Rusnock of Albright, a senior from Reading, Pa. (3.95/chemistry).

Also named to the University Division first team: Mary Klima of American, a senior from Fairfax, Va. (3.91/finance/law & society); and Myndee Larsen of Southern Utah, a senior from Twin Falls, Idaho (3.97/communications).

The GTE Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a 4.00 scale. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.

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Following is a complete list of the GTE Academic All-America Women's Basketball Teams in the University and College Divisions:



Cindy BlodgettMaineSr.Clinton, Maine3.32/Education
Lisa Davies*Southwest Missouri St.Sr.Oak Grove, Mo.4.00/Communication Sci. Disorders
Mary Klima American Sr.Fairfax, Va. 3.91/Finance/Law & Society
Myndee LarsenSouthern UtahSr.Twin Falls, Idaho3.87/Communications
Katrina Price Stephen F. AustinSr.Waco, Texas 3.58/Kinesiology


Kristin FolklStanford Jr.St. Louis, Mo.353/Economics
Korie Hlede DuquesneSr.Zagreb, Croatia3.37/Communications/Psychology
Amy OBrien Holy CrossJr.Worcester, Mass. 3.43/Psychology/Spanish
Carrie TemplinKent Sr. Hillpoint, Wis.3.89/Speech Pathology & Audiology
Carrie WelleCreightonSr.Fargo, N. Dak. 3.82/Finance


Kristina BehnfeldtMarshallJr.Defiance, Ohio 3.79/Marketing
Wendy Ray New Mexico St.GradRoy, N. Mex.3.90/Animal Science (Pre-Vet.)
Nicki Taggart Marquette Sr.Platteville, Wis.3.92/Mechanical Engineering
Amy Towne Arkansas St. Sr.Hancock, Iowa 3.82/Nursing
Stephanie WhitePurdueJr.West Lebanon, Ind.3.46/Communications

* GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division


Krista Kandere**Saint Rose Sr.Riga, Latvia3.91/Biology & Chemistry
Missy McVoy Northern ColoradoSr.Monument, Colo.4.00/Kinesiology
Lori Robinson-NuzzoSlippery RockGrad.Bradford, Pa.4.00/Health & Phys. Ed.
Jarra Rusnock Albright Sr.Reading, Pa.3.95/Chemistry
Suzanne VenetMount UnionSr.Massilon, Ohio 3.95/Sports Med./Phys. Ed.


Jennifer AltmanNorthern Colorado Sr.Longmont, Colo. 4.00/Psych. & Kinesiology
Molly Carr Indiana (Pa.) Jr.St. Marys, Pa.4.00/Education
Michelle DavisHardin-Simmons Sr.Abilene, Texas 4.00/Biology
Alia FischerWashington (Mo.)Soph.Rochester, Minn. 3.93/Business
Jamie MartensMissouri-Rolla Sr.Concordia, Mo. 4.00/Geological Engineering


Stacey ConnorsBentley Sr.Waltham, Mass. 3.50/MarketingSarah Krause TaylorSr.Cullom, Ill.4.00/Elementary EducationTelica Philip St. Leo Jr.Arouca, Trinidad 4.00/Biology/Pre-Med.Marija Preimats Guilford Sr.Asheboro, N.C. 3.82/BiologyWendi Schoff William SmithSr.St. Johnsville, N.Y.3.70/Mathematics

** GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - College Division

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