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April 28th, 2008
Ekworomadu Named SLC Student-Athlete of the Year

DeGrate, Moser also earn Academic Second Team honors

FRISCO – Texas State senior Joyce Ekworomadu was named the Capital One Back 2008 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year by the league’s awards committee, league offices announced Monday. The conference also released the Academic All-SLC First and Second Teams, with the Bobcats placing a league-high three players on the two teams.

The Student-Athlete of the Year is annually presented to the individual in each sport who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. Nominees must earn at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA to be considered. Ekworomadu becomes the second Bobcat athlete to be named Student-Athlete of the Year in the 2007-08 school year, joining football senior Nick Clark.

Ekworomadu carried a 3.28 GPA in marketing and was named the SLC Player of the Year after leading the Bobcats to the second round of the WNIT. She also automatically earned Academic All-SLC First Team honors after being named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team and is currently in training camp with the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars.

Fellow Texas State seniors Brooke DeGrate and Marie Moser were also both named to the Academic All-SLC Second Team. DeGrate carried a 3.66 GPA in psychology while earning All-SLC Third Team honors. Moser has a 3.93 GPA in biochemistry and averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during the season while starting 27 games.

Joining Ekworomadu on the First Team as automatic selections are Texas-Arlington’s Maryann Abanobi and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Deziree Green. Both Abanobi and Green were honored as CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team members.

Southeastern Louisiana’s Brooke Necaise and Lamar’s Aida Bakhos round out the first team. Filling out the second team with DeGrate and Moser are McNeese State’s Brittany Boone, Lydia Gonzales of Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas’ Meaghen Kelleybrew.

By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director

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