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Bickers highlights four named to Southland academic teams

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          Release: 12/12/2012
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TULSA, Okla. - Junior defender Leah Bickers highlights the Oral Roberts representation on the Southland Conference All-Academic teams as the league honored the top student-athletes on Wednesday.

Joining Bickers on the first team squad was senior Lauren Parks and junior Jennifer Abernathy, while sophomore Megan Giles picked up a second team nod.

This was Bickers second academic award of the season, being named to the Capitol One CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Second Team. The Tulsa native was among the conference's best in grade point average at 3.93, while majoring in marketing. She started each of the Golden Eagles' 21 matches in 2012, recording an assist in a 2-0 victory over Rogers State.

Playing alongside Bickers on the back line was Parks. Also named First Team All-Southland, the nursing major head a 3.51 GPA, while scoring two goals and picking up two assists in 20 matches. Parks was named the conference defensive player of the week twice.

A nominee for the Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award and First Team All-Southland honoree, Abernathy was a two time conference offensive player of the week, putting in four goals and assisting on five others. The Broken Arrow native had an outstanding 3.76 GPA and is majoring in health exercise science.

Kylie Louw of Stephen F. Austin was named the student-athlete of the year.

Giles rounds out the academic award winners with a selection to the second team. With a 3.16 GPA, the sophomore led the Golden Eagles with seven assists while scoring three goals, each of which were game winners.

As a team, the Golden Eagle squad was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in late November with the team academic award with an average of 3.27 GPA.

Via conference guidelines, "the all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators. Each student-athlete must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad."

Automatic selections were awarded to players that were first team all-conference selections or CoSIDA Academic All-District teams as long as they meet the conference academic guidelines.

2012 Southland Conference All-Academic Teams

First Team

Name

School

Position

Class

GPA

Major

Maiya Cooper*

Southeastern La.

Forward

Senior

3.08

Marketing

Sarah LaLanne

McNeese State

Forward

Sophomore

4.00

Accounting

Tricia Mallory

Sam Houston State

Forward

Junior

3.93

Accounting

Kylie Louw*

Stephen F. Austin

Midfielder

Senior

3.97

Kinesiology

Laura Sadler*

Stephen F. Austin

Midfielder

Senior

3.31

Radio and TV Comm.

Theresa Halle*

Northwestern State

Midfielder

Senior

3.94

Biology/Pre-Dentistry

Jennifer Abernathy*

Oral Roberts

Midfielder

Junior

3.76

Health Exercise Science

Leah Bickers*

Oral Roberts

Defender

Junior

3.93

Marketing

Lauren Parks*

Oral Roberts

Defender

Senior

3.51

Nursing

Megan Dunningan*

Stephen F. Austin

Defender

Sophomore

4.00

Biology

Breanne Vernon*

Stephen F. Austin

Defender

Senior

3.46

Radio and TV Comm.

Lacy Lee*

Stephen F. Austin

Goalkeeper

Junior

3.03

Biology

Kristin Bos^

Lamar

Midfielder

Sophomore

3.61

Family and Consumer Science

           

Second Team

         

Lorna Maudslay

Lamar

Forward

Senior

3.62

Physical Therapy

Elizabeth Brady

Central Arkansas

Forward

Senior

3.70

Kinesiology

Megan Giles

Oral Roberts

Forward

Sophomore

3.16

Exploratory

Karly Dagys

Southeastern La.

Midfielder

Senior

3.66

Biology

Kristy Tatom

Nicholls State

Midfielder

Sophomore

4.00

Nursing

Jennifer Torry

Lamar

Defender

Senior

4.00

English

Amber Thornhill

Lamar

Defender

Junior

3.75

Accounting

Bailey Fontenot

Lamar

Goalkeeper

Sophomore

3.66

Nursing

Emma Reed^

Central Arkansas

Defender

Junior

3.90

Finance

*Automatic Selection

^At-large Selection

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