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Jones Named to Verizon Academic All-District I Basketball First Team

AMHERST, MA (Feb. 21, 2002) -- University of Connecticut women’s basketball senior standout Asjha Jones (Piscataway, NJ) was named a member of the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District I University Division Women’s Basketball First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Jones, a starter for the No. 1 Huskies, averages 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds a game this season and has recorded over 1,000 points for her career, now ranking No. 16 on UConn’s all-time list with 1,331 career points. A three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, Jones has a 3.337 GPA and will graduate with a degree in Marketing in May.

She is joined on the first team by fellow BIG EAST member Nicole Conway of Boston College as well as Katie Day of Columbia, Katie O’Keefe of Holy Cross and Hana Peljto of Harvard. The five members of the first team will advance to the national Academic All-America ballot. Results of the national voting will be announced March 8, 2002.

To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore starter or significant reserve on her team with a 3.20 cumulative grade point average. The District I team is compiled from NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

This year marks the 50th year of the Academic All-America program, as the inaugural team was announced Dec. 6, 1952. Since that time, more than 12,000 students have been named Academic All-America team members at colleges and universities at all levels for every recognized NCAA sport.

UConn has had four women’s basketball student-athletes named Academic All-America: Leigh Curl (First Team - 1983-84, 1984-85), Wendy Davis (Second Team - 1991-92), Rebecca Lobo (First Team - 1993-94, 1994-95) and Jennifer Rizzotti (First Team - 1995-96, Second Team - 1994-95).