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Brittany Cox Becomes Capital One Academic All-America First Teamer for Second-Straight Year

TOWSON, Md. – Senior Kari Daugherty of No. 3 Ashland University  headlines the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II basketball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Pfeiffer University’s Brittany Cox was the only repeat selection from last year and is the only representative from Conference Carolinas and just one of two from the NCAA II Southeast region. A guard/forward for the Eagles, Daugherty has been selected as the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year for Division II women’s basketball.

The Capital One Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 D-II Academic All-America teams program.

A native of Fresno, Ohio, Daugherty is a middle childhood education major with a 3.97 G.P.A. She has led Ashland to the number three ranking in NCAA Division II and a 25-1 record. Last year, she guided the Eagles to the Division II national championship game where they lost to Shaw University, 88-82. 
Daugherty currently leads the nation in rebounding (15.0) and double-doubles (17) while ranking second in scoring at 22.5 points per game. She is shooting 52.0 percent from the floor (160 of 304), including 18 of 43 on three-pointers (41.9 pct.). She has made 78.8 percent from the free throw line.  In addition, she averages 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Daugherty owns the NCAA Division II record for consecutive double-doubles and has a current streak of 34 games.

As a junior, Daugherty was named as the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year after putting together the greatest season in school history. In her first season at Ashland after transferring from the University of Dayton, she was named a first team WBCA and Daktronics All-American. She led Division II in rebounding and double doubles. Daugherty averaged a school-record 14.1 rebounds per game and had 27 double-doubles (27). She also averaged a school-record 21.3 points per game while setting school records for points in a season (744), rebounds (492), field goals (284) and field goal attempts (565).
While leading Ashland to the NCAA championship game, she set NCAA Tournament records for rebounds (95) and field goals (56) and was one point shy of the tournament record for points, scoring 148. 

She was the winner of the 2011-12 Honda Sports Award as the NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Year. Named as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she was also honored as the GLIAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, the Midwest Region Player of the Year, the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Elite Eight.
Daugherty is one two Ashland scholar-athletes on the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball first team. Senior Daiva Gerbec was also named to the first team, a rare achievement in the Capital One Academic All-America® basketball program.

Senior Brittany Cox of Pfeiffer University has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball first team for the second year in a row. Senior Sarah Hoyt of Michigan Tech and junior Lauren Battista of No. 1 Bentley University complete the first team. They were both members of the second team last year.

A biochemistry major with a 3.94 G.P.A., Gerbec averages 14.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Eagles. A 6-0 forward from Dublin, Ohio, Gerbec came back strong after sitting out the 2011-12 season with an injury. She is shooting 59.1 percent from the floor and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. Gerbec ranks second in the GLIAC and sixth in NCAA Division II in field goal percentage.  

Two years ago, Gerbec earned first team All-GLIAC honors and honorable mention WBCA All-American recognition. She set school records for rebounds (311) in a season and rebounds per game (10.7) in 2010-11 while averaging 15.9 points per contest.

The only repeat selection on the first team, Cox is a sports management major with a 3.96 G.P.A.  A 5’9” guard from Winston-Salem, NC, she has led Pfeiffer to a 19-4 record while averaging a team-leading 18.7 points per game, a mark that ranks third in the Carolinas Conference. In addition, she is second on the team with 6.5 rebounds per game while averaging 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.  She is shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the line. She also ranks as one of the top three-point shooters in the country, hitting 38.3 percent.

As a junior, Cox was named first team all-conference and first team all-region while earning honorable mention Daktronics All-American honors. The top scorer in the Carolinas Conference last year, she averaged 20.8 points per game, a mark that was ninth in Division II. She is the fourth-leading scorer in Pfeiffer history with 1,548 points.

A mathematics major with a 3.94 G.P.A., Hoyt has led Michigan Tech to a 16-7 record. While averaging a team high 16.5 points per game, she is the second-leading free throw shooter in NCAA Division II with a .910 percentage. A two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, she is averaging 3.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. An honorable mention WBCA All-American as a junior, she averaged 15.7 points per game last year. She is the ninth-leading scorer in NCAA II.

Battista, a native of North Easton, Mass., she is a marketing/liberal studies major with a 3.94 G.P.A.  A 6-0 forward, Battista has led No. 1 Bentley to a perfect 23-0 record. She is averaging 13.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, both second on the team. She is also averaging 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the floor. In her three seasons, she has helped the Falcons post an 82-9 record.

Last year, Battista earned WBCA Division II All-America honors after averaging 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She became only the second player in school history to earn All-American honors as well as Academic All-America® notice. Named as the 2012 Northeast-10 Player of the Year, she was also the Daktronics Division II East Region Player of the Year. Named as the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Division II East Regional, She was also the MVP of the Northeast-10 Tournament.  She became just the second player to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore.  She currently ranks 13th in career scoring with 1,343 points, and is tied for 18th in career rebounds (625).

The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.95.

Seniors Kristen Blye of Philadelphia, Ashley Dolberry of Palm Beach Atlantic, Laura Kinderknecht of Washburn  and Megan Olsen of Saint Michael’s are joined on the six-person Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball second team by junior Jen Papich of Gannon and sophomore Hannah Heeter of Clarion.

Seniors Kristen Celsor of Harding, Alex Easterbrook of Fort Lewis and Kelsey Sigl of Colorado Mesa lead the Capital One Academic All-America® third team. Sophomore Shanteona Keys of Georgia College completes the third team.

About Capital One      
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $122.2 billion in deposits and $197.5 billion in total assets outstanding as of December 31, 2010. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.

Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN’s Capital One Bowl Week. In 2010, Capital One launched the Capital One Cup, a prestigious new program rewarding NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot Team, all 88 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate programs.

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.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

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