Sooners Lead Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Tuesday, February 12th 2013, 4:51 pm
By: News 9

Five University of Oklahoma women's basketball players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

Sophomore Sharane Campbell (zoology), junior Nicole Griffin (multidisciplinary studies), senior Joanna McFarland (chemistry and biochemistry) and graduates Whitney Hand (human relations), Jasmine Hartman (human relations) represented the Sooners on the 35-member academic team.

Hand was one of just two Big 12 student-athletes nominated with a 4.00 grade point average. Hand, a two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree, and McFarland earned first team selections for the third time in their careers.

A total of 26 student-athletes earned first team recognition, while nine individuals comprised the second team. West Virginia led all teams with six total honorees, while Oklahoma paced the first team with five members.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher (either cumulative or the two previous semesters) and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

The 22nd-ranked Sooners host No. 24 Iowa State Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. for their annual Pack the Place Pink game promoting women's cancers awareness and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund's Play4Kay initiative.