ELMHURST, Ill. – With the 2014-15 Summit League Women's Basketball season in the books, The Summit League has announced its Academic All-League Team as voted upon by the institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. A total of five student-athletes were named to the team and honored for their academic and athletic performances this season.
South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek led the way with her third-straight honor and is one-of-four repeat award winners. Fort Wayne's Haley Seibert, South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp and Western Illinois' Ashley Luke were named for the second consecutive season, while Omaha's Mikaela Shaw captured her first career honor.
Luke earned her bachelor's degree in December graduating with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average (GPA) in political science and journalism and is currently enrolled in graduate school. Last month, she was named the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America of the Year becoming the first Western Illinois and Summit League female student-athlete to earn the distinction. A five-time Player of the Week selection this season, Luke was named the league's Player of the Year while earning first team all-league honors for the second-straight year. The junior led the league with 19.7 points per game and was second in rebounds with 11.4 per contest. Her 21 double-doubles this season ranks eighth nationally and she has scored in double figures in 67 consecutive games. Earlier this year, Luke was named Western Illinois' recipient of the Lincoln Laureate, which is the top academic award given to one student at each four-year university in the state of Illinois.
Seekamp, a psychology major with a 3.67 GPA, captured her second consecutive First Team All-Summit League honor this season and was named Tournament MVP for the second time in her career (2013). A CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District recipient, the senior guard led the league in assists per game (5.1), steals per game (1.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) this season. The March 2 Player of the Week selection scored 20 or more points in eight games this year, including all three league tournament games. She concluded the year ranked fourth in The Summit League in scoring (15.6 ppg) and third in free throw percentage (.842).
A communications science and disorders major with a 3.98 GPA, Seibert ended the year ranked third in the league in scoring (18.1 ppg) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.411) while her free throw percentage (.914) ranks fifth nationally. The Terre Haute, Ind., native concluded her career ranked second in free throw percentage (.868), tied for fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.413) and 11th in three-point field goals made (229) in Summit League history. Seibert was named second team all-league this season and earned first team honors last year. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and volunteers her time with numerous organizations including Big Brother/Big Sister, Feed My Starving Children and the Lutheran Hospital.
Shaw, a second team all-league selection, averaged 15.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season for Omaha. She ranked third in rebounding and fifth in scoring in the league this season. A biology major with a 3.89 GPA, she tallied career-highs in points (38 at NDSU on Feb. 14) and rebounds (17 at Air Force on Nov. 17) while recording seven double-doubles on the year. The league's Player of the Week on Feb. 16, Shaw volunteers with Big Brother/Big Sister, the Mighty Mavericks, the Children's Hospital and the YMCA, among others.
Waytashek was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Second Team earlier this season and has a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering. She is a three-time All-Summit League First Team selection and led the Jackrabbits in points (14.1 ppg) and steals (1.4 spg) this season. A two-time Player of the Week honoree this year, Waytashek had seven 20-plus point performances and scored in double figures in 24 contests. Off the court, the senior guard has interned with the Mayo Clinic and is a member of the Beta Pi Engineering and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Societies.
To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions. The women's basketball all-league team is made up of the five student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.
|2014-15 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM|
||4.00||Political Science / Journalism
||3.98||Communication Science & Disorders
||South Dakota State
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