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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Junior Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) and senior Jayna Hartig (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) have been named to the 2010-11 All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford.

Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment. Duke’s Jasmine Thomas was named the Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Edwards, a 5-11 guard, has appeared in 31 games for the Cavaliers and started nine in 2010-11. As the fourth-leading scorer on the team, Edwards is averaging 6.7 points per game. She scored in double digits on nine occasions this season, including 16 points in the Cavaliers’ ACC Tournament first round game vs. Wake Forest on March 3. Edwards, an English major, was named to the 2008-09 ACC Honor Roll.

Egwu, a 6-3 center, is one of two players to start all 31 of UVa’s games so far this season. She is averaging 6.1 points per game and leading the team in rebounding with 5.2 boards per game. Last season, she was awarded the Bob Williams Award – given to the Virginia women’s basketball student-athlete that best exemplifies the partnership of academics and athletics. She also earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors during her freshman campaign and shared the team’s Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player awards. Egwu has not declared a major.

Hartig, a 6-1 guard, appeared in 13 games this season and started one. During her career, Hartig has played more than 80 games in a Cavalier jersey. A tri-captain this season, she was a member of the 2008-09 ACC Honor Roll. After last season, Hartig earned the team’s Unsung Hero Award. Hartig has an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and is working toward a graduate degree in the same discipline.

A total of 18 student-athletes from 10 of the league’s 12 schools were named to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team. Duke led for the third consecutive year with five selections, followed by NC State and Virginia with three apiece. Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech each had one.

To be eligible for consideration for the academic squad, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.

2010-11 All-ACC Academic Women’s Basketball Team
Name, Class, Pos, School Major

Carolyn Swords, Sr., C, Boston College Communications
Lindsey Mason, Jr., F/C, Clemson Nursing
Haley Peters, Fr., G/F, Duke Undeclared
Kathleen Scheer, Jr., G/F, Duke Sociology
Shay Selby, Jr., G, Duke Sociology
Jasmine Thomas, Sr., G, Duke Sociology
Allison Vernerey, So., C, Duke Economics
Christian Hunnicutt, Sr., G, Florida State Communication Sciences & Disorders
Kim Rodgers, Jr., G, Maryland Psychology
Stefanie Yderstrom, So., G, Miami Undeclared
Laura Broomfield, Jr., F, North Carolina Political Science/Communication Studies
Kody Burke, Fr., F, NC State Business Administration
Marissa Kastanek, So., G, NC State Psychology
Brittany Strachan, Sr., F, NC State Computer Science
Whitny Edwards, Jr., G, Virginia English
Simone Egwu, So., C, Virginia Undeclared
Jayna Hartig, R-Sr., F, Virginia Kinesiology

Alyssa Fenyn, So., G, Virginia Tech Marketing

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