Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe became the fifth women's basketball player in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® honors. The Blue Raider senior garnered second team accolades as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Rowe, a native of Lexington, Ky., owns a 3.74 GPA as a physics major. She also is pursuing minors in business administration and engineering. Once Rowe completes her Bachelor's degree, she intends to attend graduate school for mechanical engineering.
The senior is the first women's basketball honoree since Alysha Clark and Brandi Brown accomplished the feat in 2010. She is the fourth Academic All-America® recipient under Rick Insell. Rowe is the 12th Middle Tennessee student-athlete to earn this achievement. MT has seen a student-athlete earn an Academic All-America® award in four out of the past five years. FIU's Jerica Coley was also a representative from Conference USA.
Rowe holds 10 school records at Middle Tennessee, including breaking the school's 26-year old all-time scoring record on Jan. 25. She is the only Blue Raider to have over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Currently, she ranks in the NCAA Top 25 in four different categories: 21 double-doubles (2nd), 11.7 rebounds (9th), 560 total points (14th) and 21.5 points per game (18th).
This season, the senior forward has earned Conference USA Player of the Week four times and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week six times. On Dec. 3, she was tabbed the NCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week. She also garnered Gulf Coast Showcase MVP accolades after boasting 22.6 points and 12 rebounds in three games.
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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
2014 CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams
Kody Burke - North Carolina State Amanda Hyde -Indiana Purdue-FW Eilise O'Connor - Missouri-Kansas City Chiney Ogwumike - Stanford Rachel Tecca - Akron
Heather Butler - Tennessee Martin Alyssa Charlston - Idaho Nicole Elmblad - Michigan Ebony Rowe - Middle Tennessee Alli Williams - Saint Francis (Pa.)
Hallie Christofferson - Iowa State Jerica Coley - FIU Ashley Luke - Western Illinois Ifunanya Mora - Incarnate Word Haley Peters - Duke
Middle Tennessee's All-Time Academic All-America® Honorees
1987: Football - Todd Jackson 1988: Women's Basketball - Lianne Beck 1990: Football - Bryan Faulkner 1991: Football - Bryan Faulkner 1999: Softball - Melanie Manley 2005: Men's At Large (Tennis) - Anant Sitaram 2006: Women's Basketball - Chrissy Givens 2007: Women's Basketball - Chrissy Givens 2010: Football - Jeremy Kellem 2010: Women's Basketball - Brandi Brown 2010: Women's Basketball - Alysha Clark 2011: Men's At Large (Tennis) - Matthew Langley 2012: Men's At Large (Tennis) - Matthew Langley 2012: Women's Soccer- Paige Goeglein 2014: Women's Basketball - Ebony Rowe