Women's Basketball Trio Headlines National Jesuit All-Academic Team

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Creighton's senior trio.
Courtesy: Eric Francis
OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's basketball trio of Kellie Nelson, Sam Schuett and Kelsey Woodard make up half of the 2010-11 National Jesuit All-Academic Women's Basketball Team announced this week by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.  The senior trio all earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition this year as well for their play on the court and work in the classroom.

Schuett, who graduate magna cum laude with an accounting degree last May, earned a 4.0 grade point average in her first semester of graduate school in the fall.  The fifth-year senior forward also earned first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete and Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors this season.  The preseason Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidate averaged 10.3 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game in her final season as a Bluejay.  She is one of only two players in school history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocked shots in a career.  The Millard West product finished her career ranked third in school history and tied for 14th in MVC history with 881 career rebounds.

Woodard was named All-Jesuit National Team honorable mention earlier this week following a season in which she lead the Bluejays with 12.9 points per game and 68 three-pointers made.  The senior guard, who
owns a 3.82 GPA in finance, tied a school-record with 130 career games played.  She was a first-team all-MVC performer and MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team honoree for her play this season.  The sharp-shooter ended her career ranked ninth in school history with 1,480 points, while her 261 three-pointers ranked third in school history and sixth in Valley history.  The Bellevue (Neb.) West graduate finished second in CU history in free-throw accuracy, shooting 85.5 percent at the line in her career.

Nelson, who carries a 3.88 cumulative GPA in mathematics, repeated on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second-Team and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the second straight season.  The senior center averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.  The Omaha Westside product ended her career ranked eighth in school history with 88 blocked shots.

The All-Jesuit Team represents student-athletes from the 28 Jesuit colleges spread across the United States that play basketball on all three levels of the NCAA and also in the NAIA.  They share the mission of Jesuit education, founded nearly 500 years ago under the principles of St. Ignatius Loyola to educate young people to become men and women dedicated to service and compassionate leadership.  Students at Jesuit colleges have long excelled in the classroom and in the community, but they also have played a major role in collegiate basketball in the last 100 years.
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