Cortijo named to Academic All-Big 12 Basketball First Team
DALLAS -- University of Texas 5-7 redshirt freshman point guard Carla Cortijo was selected to the 2006-07 Academic All-Big 12 First Team Wednesday, as announced by the league office.
Nominated by each institutionís director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league womenís basketball squad consisted of 33 First Team members combined with 13 on the Second Team. First Team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the Second Team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Cortijo, the starting point guard for the 17-12 Longhorns, is an education major and is an All-Big 12 Commissionerís Honor Roll student.
Cortijo averages 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 4.9 assists per game. She is second in Big 12 action in assists, dishing out 5.80 assists per league contest while also ranking third in assist-turnover ratio (1.53, 5.8 apg, 3.8 toís/game) and fourth in steals average (1.9).
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her teamís scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
For the full list of 2006-07 Academic All-Big 12 Womenís Basketball Team recipients, go to .
Texas (17-12, 6-9 in the Big 12) closes out its regular season play tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 28) at No. 14/16 Texas A&M (22-5, 12-3), which is tied for first in the league standings with Oklahoma (22-4, 12-3). Tip for the State Farm Lone Star Showdown between UT and the Aggies is at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be televised nationally on FSN Ė FOX Sports Net.
On Thursday, March 1, following the conclusion of regular season games (Kansas-Missouri, Iowa State-Texas Tech), the seedings and pairings for the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will be announced.
Oklahoma City will host the Big 12 Womenís Basketball Championship in the Cox Convention Center for the first time in conference history. Six different teams have won the previous Phillips 66 Big 12 tourneys, with Oklahoma the defending titlist and three-time winner. Iowa State and Texas Tech have earned two crowns each with Texas in 2003), Baylor, and Colorado accounting for one apiece.