ELMHURST, Ill. -- A trio of Summit League women's basketball student-athletes were named Capital One Academic All-District® as selected by CoSIDA it was announed Thursday.
South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp and South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek were named to the District 6 Team, while Western Illinois' Ashley Luke was selected to the District 5 Team. All three garnered first team distinction and will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot.
Seekamp, who hails from Renmark, South Australia, holds a 3.67 grade-point average (GPA) while working towards a degree in psychology. She earned first-team all-Summit League and academic all-Summit League honors a year ago. On the court Seekamp is the 14th-leading scorer in program history with 1,256 points and averages 14.8 points per game. She has also grabbed 338 rebounds, dished out 327 assists and recorded 149 steals in her career. Seekamp was one of three Summit League players to be named to one of the eight All-District teams.
Waytashek, who was a 2014 academic all-district pick, was one of five student-athletes honored on the district team, and her 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering was the second highest on the team. The guard/forward, who has scored in double digits in 17 games and has 5 20-plus point games this season, leads the Jackrabbits in scoring (14.4), three-point field goal shooting (39.4) and steals (28). Waytashek also ranks 11th in career free-throw percentage (84.1) in the NCAA among active student-athletes. The two-time Summit League First Team All-Summit League, Waytashek was twice named to The Summit League All-Academic Team, honored three times as a Summit League Distinguished Scholar on the league's academic honor roll and to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
Earlier this year, Luke was named Western Illinois' recipient of the Lincoln Laureate. The award, presented annually to an outstanding senior of each of Illinois' four-year degree-granting institutions, honors a student's overall academic excellence and extracurricular activities. Luke graduated this past December with a perfect 4.0 GPA with degrees in Journalism and Political Science, and is currently enrolled in graduate school. On the court, Luke has helped lead the Leathernecks to a 14-8 overall (6-3 Summit League) record and started in all 22 contests. A four-time Summit League 'Player of the Week' honoree, Luke averages 19.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season. She has scored in double-figures in 59 consecutive games dating back to her freshman year, and her 1,361 career points rank seventh in Western Illinois history.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.