NAIA Honors California Pacific Conference women's basketball scholar-athletes
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The NAIA honored six California Pacific Conference student-athletes by placing them on the 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete List. This year, the NAIA recognized two California Pacific Conference First Team honorees, one California Pacific Conference second team honoree and three student-athletes on the list for the second consecutive year.
Two players from the California Pacific Conference regular season and tournament champion Menlo College made the list: seniors Erika Garcia and Corie Thompson. Garcia made the California Pacific Conference First Team this season, and Thompson made the scholar-athlete list for the second year in a row. Garcia, the native of Garden Grove, Calif., and Thompson, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., helped guide the Oaks to their first California Pacific Conference championship since 2007. The Oaks went 15-14 overall and 8-2 in conference play. Simpson University also had two players named to the list. Kaila Smith, a junior from San Diego, Calif., and Ariassa Wilson, a junior from Tacoma, Wash., made the list for the Red Hawks, who went 11-20 overall and 4-6 in conference play. Wilson also made the California Pacific Conference First Team. Pacific Union had Carla Bartlett, a senior from Banning, Calif, make the list. Bartlett also made the scholar-athlete list for the second year in a row. Bartlett also received Honorable Mention honors from the conference. The Pioneers went 4-17 overall and 0-10 in conference play. William Jessup's Maria Viola, a senior from Rough and Ready, Calif., made the list for the second consecutive year. The California Pacific Conference Second Team honoree helped the Warriors finish with a 5-22 overall record and a 4-6 conference record.
To make the national list, the student-athletes must be a junior or above in academic standing and have a minimum GPA of 3.5, on a 4.0 scale, at the time of nomination at the nominating institution.
Courtesy of the California Pacific Conference
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