AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America women's basketball teams on Wednesday afternoon, and Washington and Lee senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) was named to the first team.
Perszyk is the first women's basketball player in program history to be selected to the Academic All-America team.
A neuroscience major, Perszyk started 24 games for the Generals and averaged a team-best 16.0 points per game, while shooting 82.7 percent (105-127) from the foul line, which ranked third in the conference. The two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree also scored 20 or more points in 11 games, including two 28-point performances. Perszyk was also named the 2018 ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
For her career, Perszyk finished fifth in program history with 1,340 points, while her 195 career three-pointers are second in the history of the program. Perszyk shot a program-best 83.5 percent (259-310) from the foul line and claims the record for free throws made (17) and attempted (19) in a game.
The Generals completed the 2017-18 season 17-10 overall and 9-7 in ODAC play, falling in the ODAC semifinals to Emory & Henry, 64-60.
Perszyk's selection to the Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 76 student-athletes honored since 1970. The criteria for the Academic All-America program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.
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