FGCU's Hansen Named Atlantic Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference honored Sarah Hansen of FGCU as the Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the league’s Academic All-Conference team.

Hansen helped the Eagles to the one-seed in the Atlantic Sun Basketball Championship and a 26-2 overall record this season and a perfect 18-0 in conference play. The senior forward ranks fifth in the conference in scoring with 13.8 PPG and is third in field goal percentage (.515). Hansen has a 3.95 GPA while majoring in chemistry.

The A-Sun introduced the new sport-by-sport Academic All-Conference teams this fall to recognize student-athletes who embody the conference’s mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE of the YEAR
Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Sophomore | Guard | GPA: 3.95 | Major: Chemistry | Hometown: McKean, Pa.
• Leads the Eagles in rebounding (6.2) and steals (2.0)
• Named to the Capital One/ CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 First team
• 2011 A-Sun All-Academic honoree

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Natalie Pickwell, ETSU (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.73 | Interior Design)
Courtney Chihil, FGCU (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.96 | Nursing)
Taylor Mills, Kennesaw State (Freshman | Guard | GPA: 3.51 | Biology)
Anna Bowers, Lipscomb (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.74 | American Studies)
Morgan Faulkner, Lipscomb (Junior | Guard | GPA: 3.97 | Exercise Science)
** A tie in voting resulted in a six person All-Conference Team

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.