Tapia Earns Academic Honors

photo by Darrel Johnson, KFBC radio

by staff–12 Mar ’18

Junior Clara Tapia was named to the Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Third Team on Monday. She moved to the ballot after being named First Team Academic All-District VII in February. It’s the first since former Cowgirl Chaundra Sewell in 2013 earned third team honors.

Tapia was an Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar-Athlete selection a year ago, and carries a 4.0 gpa in molecular biology and chemistry. The junior from Barcelona, Spain has played in all 31 games this season for the Cowgirls. She is averaging 4.7 points and a team-leading 4.4 assists. In January, the she and sophomore Taylor Rusk were recipients of the The “Williams Scholars” award which will be presented to the top UW female student-athletes majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs over the next four years.

Twelve of the 16 members of the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I women’s basketball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 10 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 4.02, with the three teams combining for a 3.91 GPA.

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.

–Complete listings of the 2017-18 Academic All-America ® Women’s Basketball Team Division I honorees–


Name                                  School                        Yr.           GPA                  Major

Cherise Beynon (1)           New Mexico               Sr.           4.10                   Business Administration

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott     Toledo                        Gr.           4.00                   Communication

Mikayla Ferenz                  Idaho                          Jr.            4.00                   Mathematics/App Actuary Science & Finance

Carmen Grande                 Ball State                    Jr.            4.00                   Mathematical Science

Jordan Korinek (2)            Kent State                   Sr.           4.00                   Special Education



Name                                  School                        Yr.           GPA                  Major

Amanda Cahill (3)             Indiana                       Sr.           3.92                   Elementary Education

Shaelyn Martin                  Kansas State              Sr.           4.00                   Kinesiology

Brittany McPhee                Stanford                     Sr.           3.71                   Human Biology

Janie Miles                         Presbyterian               Sr.           4.00                   Biology

Kylee Smith                        Belmont                      Gr.           3.90 / 4.00         Master of Sport Administration



Name                                  School                        Yr.           GPA                  Major

Ciara Duffy                         South Dakota             So.          4.00                   Political Science

Delaney Hodgins              Eastern Washington Sr.           3.86                   Health Informatics Technology & Management

Kia Nurse (3)                      Connecticut               Sr.           3.55                   Individualized (Sport in Media)

Sara Rhine                         Drake University        Jr.            4.00                   Elementary Education

Clara Tapia                        Wyoming                   Jr.            4.00                   Molecular Biology/Chemistry

Carlie Wagner (3)              Minnesota                  Sr.           3.59                   Business Marketing Education/Communication Stud.

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