Nebraska's three seniors Emily Wood, Janay Morton and Jasmine Cincore each earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018.
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Five Huskers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Five Nebraska women's basketball student-athletes captured academic All-Big Ten accolades when the conference announced its winter honor teams on Wednesday.

Seniors Jasmine Cincore and Emily Wood both collected the third academic All-Big Ten awards of their careers, while junior Maddie Simon claimed her second honor.

Senior transfer Janay Morton and sophomore Grace Mitchell both earned their first academic All-Big Ten awards as Huskers.

Cincore, an advertising and public relations major from Arlington, Tenn., was a two-year starter for the Huskers on the court, while also excelling in the classroom and the community.

Wood, who is pursuing her master's degree in business administration, earned her bachelor's degree in just three seasons after coming to Nebraska originally as a walk-on. The senior guard from Salina, Kan., is on track to complete her master's degree this fall in just a little over four years. She was also a four-year contributor on the court who earned a scholarship following her first season as a Husker. Last year, she was named one of Nebraska's Outstanding Scholars across all sports and is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Wood was also Nebraska's Female Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner across all sports in 2017.

Simon, a junior forward from Lincoln, Neb., completed her first full season as a starter in 2017-18, ranking among Nebraska's leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists. The communication studies major is also a standout in the community, earning a Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award last season. 

Cincore (Africa), Wood (Dominican Republic) and Simon (Nicaragua) have all traveled abroad as part of service projects to foreign countries during their careers as Huskers.

Morton, who spent her first three seasons at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Nebraska prior to the 2016-17 season, claimed academic All-Big Ten honors while also helping the Huskers on the court. The guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., overcame offseason surgery to contribute to Nebraska's NCAA Tournament run in a big way during Big Ten play. The psychology major also has earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of her semesters as a Husker.

Mitchell, a sophomore nutrition, exercise and health science major from Wellington, Kan., joined Morton as a first-time academic All-Big Ten recipient. A three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, Mitchell played in 29 games with two starts for the 21-11 Huskers, who advanced to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

To be eligible for academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team and enrolled full time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months while carrying a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. Overall, the Big Ten recognized 872 academic all-conference selections across all of its winter sports, including 68 women's basketball student-athletes across its 14 institutions.

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