IRVING, Texas – Three Texas A&M women’s basketball players were among 37 student-athletes honored on the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Team as announced by the league office Wednesday.
For the third time of her career, senior forward Katy Pounds (Shallowater, Texas) garnered first team honors after graduating in an impressive three years with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M. She currently holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as she pursues a master’s of science degree in kinesiology with future aspirations of coaching on the collegiate level and becoming a television sideline sports reporter. Last spring, Pounds was honored for her commitment to excellence in academics, athletics and service to the community as a Chick-fil-A Community Champion and a Coca-Cola Community All-American. She is a three-year Verizon Scholar Athlete and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll student and was chosen to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2006 and 2007.
Sophomore reserve forward Katrina Limbaha (Riga, Latvia) joined Pounds on the first team with a 3.8 GPA in international business. She has played in 18 games of the season with one start for the nationally-ranked Aggies. Additionally, sophomore reserve forward Ashlaa Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas) was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team with a 3.0 GPA in leadership. She has seen action in 25 games of the season with nine starts.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and media relations offices, the women’s basketball academic all-league team consisted of 27 first-team members combined with 10 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have 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 her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
The 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship returns to Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium on March 11-13 & 15 for the eighth time in conference history. Kansas City hosted the first six women’s postseason events from 1997-2002 in addition to the 2005 championship.