Ten SMU basketball players named to GNAC All-Academic Team
Lauren Allison, Staff Writer
Ten Saints were named to the All-Academic team for the 2017-2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) season. To be eligible for the GNAC All-Academic Teams, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or higher, be in their second season competing at their current institutions and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better. There were a total of 61 selections to the 2017-18 GNAC Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team.
Senior Hannah Reynolds led the seven women with a perfect 4.00 GPA while earning her master’s in business administration. This will be the third year that Reynolds was selected and was one of two selections who earned a 4.00. Reynolds played in all 28 games and had four starts averaging 4.4 ppg and is shooting an impressive 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Following her lead was fellow senior Elin Johansson who is majoring in psychology, and played and started in 19 games. Johansson was having an impressive season and was expecting to set records before an injury shut her down for the rest of the season. At the time of the injury, Johansson ranked third in scoring (14.9, points per game), third in field goal percentage (51.3), fifth in minutes played (31.3), eighth in blocked shots (0.8 per game), tenth in defensive rebounding (4.4 per game), 12th in rebounding (6.5 per game), and 13th in offensive rebounding (2.1). The third senior, Lauren Lindley, majoring in psychology as well, played in 27 games and had one start averaging 1.7 rpg while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Johansson posted a 3.23 GPA and Lindley a 3.62 GPA.
Three juniors, Rebekah Baugh, Emma Kennedy and Mallory Kessler return to the All-Academic team for their second time. Kennedy, who is from Spokane Wash., and majoring in biology played in all the games, making 11 starts this season. Kennedy posted a 3.72 GPA. Kessler, who is from Ritzvile, Wash., an accounting major played in 14 games this season. Baugh, the final junior from Poulsbo, Wash. saw the court in every game this season, with 24 starts. The final Saint to make the team was sophomore Makenna Schultz from Lacey, Wash. Majoring in biology, with a GPA of 3.31, Schultz named GNAC Player of the Week and Saint of the Month in January, played in 28 games, and had six starts.
Two juniors and one sophomore were the three Saints on the men’s basketball named to the All-Academic Team. The first junior, Rhett Baerlocher, an education studies major from Missoula, Mon. was named All-Academic for the second year in a row with a 3.57 GPA. Baerlocher has played in 25 games so far this season, starting in 24 of them averaging 8.1 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. The junior is shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 41.8 percent beyond the arc. The second junior, Kazuma Lane from Beaverton, Ore., majoring in civil engineering posted a 3.22 GPA. Lane has seen the court in 12 games so far this season. The lone sophomore that made the All-Academic for the Saints, Cameron Chatwin posted a 3.74 GPA. Chatwin is a communication studies major from Gilbert, Ariz. and has appeared in 18 games this season. He’s averaging 2.1 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game. In his 6.2 minutes per game, Chatwin is shooting 40.0 percent from the field, and 41.2 percent beyond the arc.