Amber Guffey of Murray State, who carries a 4.0 grade point average as a graduate student, is the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the year for the University division.
And senior guard Emily Brister of West Texas A&M, a 3.91 GPA student in education, is the top honoree in the College division. Both awards are sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Guffey is averaging 20.3 points for Murray State, which leads the Ohio Valley Conference. She's joined on the first team by her sister, graduate student Paige Guffey of Murray State; senior Megan Frazee of Liberty, junior Theresa Lisch of Saint Louis University and sophomore forward Maya Moore of top-ranked Connecticut.
Seniors Kaetlyn Murray of St. Bonaventure, Jessica Pike of Oakland, Marcy Sudbeck of Wichita State and Jennifer Warkenthien of South Dakota State join junior Kelsey Luna of Indiana State on the University division second team. Graduate students Laura Haskins of Virginia Tech and Marie Warner of Canisius along with seniors Kelsey Kahle of Portland State, Shalee Lehning of Kansas State and Christina Wirth of Vanderbilt make up the third team.
Brister is the West Texas A&M school record holder for points and is a three-time Lone Star Conference female athlete of the year. She's fourth in the nation in scoring this year, averaging 23.4 points per game.
Senior Anna Atkinson of Wingate, senior Megan Scheele of Edgewood, junior Julia Hirssig of Wisconsin-Stout and senior Laura Marquardt of Newberry join Brister on the College division first team.
Junior Haylee Allen of Hardin-Simmons, senior Jaclyn Armstrong of Lake Superior State, senior Melanie Augusta of Colorado College, senior LeighAnn Burke of DeSales, senior Jessica Keller of Quincy College and senior Krista Prato Matthews of Trinity (Texas) are the second-team picks. Senior Alira Carpenter of Montana State-Billings, senior Nicole Hayman of Chapman and senior Bridget Yoerger of South Dakota, along with junior Jessica Romero of Philadelphia, are on the third team.