(February 24, 2009) - Senior LeighAnn Burke, of Philadelphia, a member of the DeSales University women's basketball team, became just the fifth athlete in DeSales University athletics history to be named an Academic All-American. Burke, a graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School, was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American College Division Women's Basketball Second-Team as announced on Monday evening (Feb. 23).
Only athletes who are honored on the Academic All-District First-Team are forwarded to the CoSIDA national committee for consideration on the All-American team. Burke joins Randy Sturm (Men's Soccer, 2006), Gina Lucrezi (Track & Field/Cross-Country, 2005), Mark Watermasysk (Basketball, 1999-00), and Thomas Ferguson (At-Large/Cross-Country, 1986-87) as the only Bulldog athletes to be named Academic All-American.
Burke was named to the Academic All-District II First-Team for the second consecutive year earlier in the month. The District II College Division consists of all non NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virigina, and the District of Columbia. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter of significant reserve on his/her team.
Burke has enjoyed an outstanding senior year leading the 21-4 Bulldogs to a first place finish in the Freedom Conference with the completion of the regular season on Saturday and to a Top 25 national ranking all season long. Currently DSU is ranked #23 in the latest D3hoops.com national poll and will be the #1 seed in this week's Freedom Conference playoffs.
Burke leads the team in scoring averaging 20.1 points per game and is also tops on the team with 68 steals (2.7 SPG) and 69 made three-pointers. She is tied for the team lead with 96 assists and is averaging 3.8 rebounds per game as well. Burke has been named Freedom Conference Player of the Week four times this season and was named the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Association Player of the Year for the second straight year last week.
She will enter the playoffs ranked #2 at DeSales in scoring with more than 1,800 career points and is also ranked among the six all-time in assists and steals. During the season Burke set a school-record in a win over Delaware Valley College with 46 points and also broke the school-record for three's made in a game with 10 in that win over the Aggies.
The Bulldog women begin their quest for a second straight Freedom Conference championship this week when they host the winner of the King's/Misericordia (being played on Monday) game on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
For more information, please contact BJ Spigelmyer, sports information director at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1228.
Press Release: Burke Named ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic 2nd-Team All-American | Posted on: 2/24/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu