Kaitlyn Burke was one of six Huskers to earn academic All-Big Ten awards.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Six Huskers Claim Academic All-Big Ten Honors

By NU Athletic Communications

Six Nebraska women's basketball players captured academic All-Big Ten honors when the conference announced its winter academic awards on Wednesday.

Nebraska was one of only four Big Ten schools to have six or more women's basketball players honored on the academic all-conference team.

Sophomore All-American Jordan Hooper headlined the list of Nebraska academic All-Big Ten honorees. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb. was named an AP honorable-mention All-American for her performance on the court in 2011-12. 

Hooper was joined on the academic team by senior Kaitlyn Burke. The 5-7 guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was a three-year starter for the Huskers on the court and claimed the third academic all-conference honors of her career. The President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Burke was also a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner this season.

Fellow senior Harleen Sidhu (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) joined Burke on the academic All-Big Ten squad, as did sophomore center Adrianna Maurer (Shawnee Mission, Kan.).

Redshirt freshmen Katie Simon (Roseville, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Phoenix, Ariz.) rounded out Nebraska's list of academic All-Big Ten honorees.

Overall, Nebraska had 45 student-athletes across the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving, and wrestling earn academic All-Big Ten awards. 

The Big Ten honored 615 winter sports student-athletes, including 41 men's and 62 women's basketball players, 57 men's and 50 women's gymnasts, 105 men's and 221 women's swimmers and divers and 79 wrestlers.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the fall and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program.

Nebraska Women's Basketball Academic All-Big Ten (2012)

  • Kaitlyn Burke, Sr., G, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jordan Hooper, So., F, Alliance, Neb.
  • Adrianna Maurer, So., C, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
  • Harleen Sidhu, Sr., F, Surrey, British Columbia
  • Katie Simon, RFr., F, Roseville, Calif.
  • Rebecca Woodberry, RFr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.


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