BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College senior Jenny Place (Farmdale, Ohio/Badger) was named to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II women’s basketball team Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All NCAA Division II and III schools, as well as NAIA institutions, in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.
Although Place will not be on the national ballot, as only those voted to the First Team move on for national voting, this is still a great honor for the Bethany senior. Not only is she the first Bison women’s player to earn this recognition in more than 10 years, Place was selected among very steep competition. Following the five First Team selections, she was one of six to be voted to the Second Team from a ballot that contained 95 women’s basketball players.
Academically, Place more than earned her position among the district’s finest. As a Physical Education major, she has earned a 3.90 GPA through her college career and only 11 of the other 94 nominees posted a higher GPA than Place. She has made the Dean’s List all seven semester she’s been in school and has also been a PAC Academic Honor Roll member all three times she’s been eligible.
In addition, Place is a member of the Kappa Delta Phi, Gamma Sigma Kappa and Phi Delta Psi Honor Societies at Bethany and has served as Treasurer (2003-05) and Vice President (2005-06) for the Physical Education Club.
On the basketball court, Place’s accomplishments easily warranted this kind of attention. In a Jan. 21 victory over Grove City (Pa.) College, Place became the 14th women’s basketball player in Bethany history to reach 1,000 career points, as she scored 23 in a 66-57 triumph. She is currently 13th in school history with 1,087 points.
For the season, the 5-8 guard/forward leads the team and is third in the PAC in scoring with 18.7 points per game. Place is also ranked in the top 10 in the league with 6.7 rebounds (seventh), 1.87 steals (third), 47 three-pointers made (third), a 32.2 percent accuracy from the arc (10th) and an 81.3 percentage from the foul line (second).
“This is a great accomplishment for Jenny,” said Bethany Head Coach Rebecca Upton. “She has worked so hard in everything she’s done throughout her time here. The type of example Jenny sets in the classroom and on the court makes her a great role model for our program and an example of the type of student-athlete we want on our basketball team.”
Place is the daughter of Mike and Mary Place of Farmdale, Ohio.