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Givens Voted Academic All-American of the Year

Senior voted to nation's most elite academic honor

February 27, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee senior Chrissy Givens has been voted the ESPN The Magazine Division I Academic All-American of the Year, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.

  • ESPN: Givens named top Academic All-American

    Givens was a First Team Academic All-America selection after garnering Second Team honors in 2006. The Monroe, La., native graduated in three years from Middle Tennessee with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a 3.89 grade-point-average. She is currently working on her master's in Sociology.

    "It is one of those awards that I take dear to my heart because my academics are one of the most important things to me," Givens said. "I will miss practice for a class because academics is number one. To get recognized for what I have done on the court as well as off the court is a real honor."

    Givens added to a long list of athletic accomplishments during her career at Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors as well as Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year recognition. The Monroe, La., native becomes the first player since Louisiana Tech's Amanda Wilson in 1997-98 and 1998-99 to register back-to-back SBC Player of the Year honors (Louisiana Tech's Vickie Johnson, 1994-95, 1995-96 was the other) and the first player in Sun Belt history to garner two consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards.

    Former teammate Patrice Holmes is the only other player in league history to win the defensive award twice in a career (2002-03, 2004-05) and with Givens' honor, Middle Tennessee has won the last five SBC Defensive Player of the Year awards (Keisha McClinic won the other in 2003-04).

    Givens was voted the Preseason Player of the Year and lived up to the billing, averaging 22.2 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.0 steals. She currently leads the Blue Raiders in all four categories and ranks fourth nationally in scoring, 64th in assists and 17th in steals.

    Givens was named the All-American of the Year by a group of 120 voters comprised of the CoSIDA Board of Directors as well as the Academic All-America national committee members. Past winners of the All-American of the Year include:
    2006 - Lindsey Shearer, Kent State
    2005 - Kate Endress, Ball State
    2004 - Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
    2003 - Kristine Austgulen, VCU
    2002 - Stacey Dales, Oklahoma
    2001 - Ruth Riley, Notre Dame
    2000 - Lisa Baswell, Jacksonville State
    1999 - Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue
    1998 - Lisa Davies, Southwest Missouri State
    1997 - Jennifer Howard, N.C. State
    1996 - Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut
    1995 - Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut
    1994 - Kristen Maskala, Marquette
    1993 - Karen Jennings, Nebraska
    1992 - Karen Jennings, Nebraska
    1991 - Jan Jensen, Drake
    1990 - Stephanie Kasperski, Oregon
    1989 - Michelle Flamoe, Oregon State
    1988 - Michelle Flamoe, Oregon State

    2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America
    Women's Basketball
    University Division
    First Team

    Betsy Rietema, Valparaiso, 3.97 GPA, Psychology and Chemistry
    Chrissy Givens, Middle Tennessee, 3.89 GPA, Criminal Justice
    Leslie Cook, High Point, 4.0 GPA, Business Administration-Finance
    Sarah VanMetre, Eastern Michigan, 3.90 GPA, Journalism
    Kenan Cole, George Washington, 3.92 GPA, Mechanical Engineering

    Second Team
    Shay Doron, Maryland, 3.67 GPA, Criminology & Criminal Justice
    Jackie McFarland, Colorado, 3.95 GPA, Accounting
    Carrie Moore, Western Michigan, 3.79 GPA, Journalism
    Tyler McIlwraith, Saint Louis, 3.93 GPA, Early Childhood Education
    Megan Vogel, South Dakota State, 3.83 GPA, Health, Physical Education and Recreation
    Candace Parker, Tennessee, 3.29 GPA, Sport Management
    Joanna Chadd, Eastern Washington, 3.96 GPA, Exercise Science

    Third Team
    Crystal Langhorne, Maryland, 3.40 GPA, Communication
    Lori Bjork, Illinois, 3.94 GPA, Political Science
    Laura Rudolphi, Indiana State, 4.00 GPA, Business Administration

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