Hansen Adds Two-Time A-Sun Scholar-Athlete to Resume

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference honored FGCU's Sarah Hansen 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 back-to-back undefeated conference seasons while collecting a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.94, majoring in Chemistry.

Earlier this season, Hansen was also named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team. She was the first student-athlete in FGCU history to earn Capital One Academic All-American status.

Hansen leads the league in scoring with 17 points per game and ranks top-15 in the league in several categories.

The A-Sun introduced the new sport-by-sport Academic All-Conference teams in the 2011-12 academic year 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 GPA or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.

Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Junior | Guard | GPA: 3.94 | Major: Chemistry | Hometown: McKean, Pa.
• Ranks No. 1 in the A-Sun in scoring (17.0)
• Named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s basketball second team
• Leads the Eagles this season in field goals made (5.8), rebounds (7.7) and blocked shots (.8)
• Tallied double figures in scoring in 28 of 30 games
• Recorded her second career 30 point performance in the Eagles win vs. LSU

Brittany Kennedy, FGCU (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.49 | Social Work)
Hannah Phillips, Lipscomb (Senior | Guard | GPA: 3.79 | Psychology)
Jaimie Hamlet, Northern Kentucky (Senior | Guard | GPA: 4.00 | Psychology)
Kayla Thacker, Northern Kentucky (Junior | Guard | GPA: 3.76 | Radiologic Technology)

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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.