MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior Kaihla Szunko became Central Michigan's first women's basketball Academic All-American since 1990, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday.
Szunko, a second-team honoree, is the seventh student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors of any level in program history, but just the third to earn first or second-team laurels. She joins Jody Beerman (1987, first team) and Sue Nissen (1989, second team) in that distinction.
The Saginaw, Mich. native carries a 3.83 grade-point average in health fitness and rehabilitative programs, and has helped Central Michigan to an 18-8 record this season, including a 10-4 mark in Mid-American Conference play, while ranking in the nation's top-15 in both rebounding and field goal percentage.
She enters the final two games of the 2010-11 regular season averaging 16.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor.
Szunko sits 11th on CMU's career scoring chart (1,230), third in rebounding (944) and steals (227) and sixth in blocks (76).
She also became the first Academic All-District first team honoree in program history and is one of just seven players in program history to earn Academic All-MAC honors multiple times in their career.
Szunko is the only representative of the MAC among the honorees.
Central Michigan All-Time Academic All-Americans
Jody Beerman, 1987
Sue Nissen, 1989
Kaihla Szunko , 2011
Nancy Melissa, 1987
Amy Welch, 1987
Sue Nissen, 1990
Jody Beerman, 1986