Towson, Md. - Saint Xavier University senior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) was named to the first team of the prestigious 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women's Basketball Team when the national honorees were announced Monday morning. Student-athletes receiving this distinction are chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and recognized as the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Young was one of just five players nationwide to earn a first team spot in the College Division, which combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. Last season, she earned third team recognition as a junior.
Young, a senior pre-medicine major with a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), has helped lead No. 14 ranked Saint Xavier University to a 20-7 overall record. Averaging 16.8 points per game, she recently became the leading scorer in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) averaging 16.8 points per game. She also leads the CCAC with a 3.9 steals-per-game average. A two-time All-CCAC selection, she ranks No. 13 in the NAIA in total steals. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Saint Xavier (20-7 overall/6-2 CCAC) will match up against conference rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, February 21, in Joliet, Ill. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.