Dec. 19, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's basketball player Katie Nyseth has been selected as one of eight finalists for the second annual One-On-One Sports Socrates Award.
The award is presented annually to the college athlete who best exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics and the Socrates creed "Strong Mind In A Strong Body." This includes a student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be a leader and quality contributor in their sport(s), an outstanding student academically and a quality citizen in his/her community. Last year's inaugural winner of the award was Purdue quarterback Drew Brees.
This year's finalists, along with Nyseth and Brees are Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke from Florida State, Bethany Bogart (UCLA, soccer), Andre Carter (California, football), Kimball Christianson (Utah, football), Ben Hamilton (Minnesota, football) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, football).
The award will be presented at the March of Dimes National Athletic Award event, scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2001 at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Mich. CBS Sports' Greg Gumbel will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Fox Sports Net will televise the event.
The public can vote online and help determine the winner of the award, which will be announced in early January. The winner of the online vote will receive one-third of the total possible vote. To cast a vote log on to www.1on1sports.com and follow the Socrates Award link.
The Socrates Award is another of an ever-growing list of honors for Nyseth, a 5-3 senior guard from Cheshire, Ore., this season. Nyseth was honored with the 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award, Nov. 24. An aspect of the award was a scholarship donation made to WSU in Nyseth's name. In addition, she was an All-Tournament Team selection at the Classic, Nov. 25-26. In two games versus George Washington and Vermont, Nyseth averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals.
Just a week later, Nyseth was named with a second team selection to the Successful Farming Magazine's All American Women's Basketball Farm Team, Dec. 2. The All American Farm Team is a scholastic program honoring outstanding college athletes who call a farm or ranch home. All athletes and their parents receive a plaque honoring their selection to the team.
Nyseth is a Biological Systems Engineering major and carries a 3.86 GPA. She was honored last year as the College of Agriculture and the Biological Systems Engineering Junior of the Year. In addition, she was a 2000 Pacific-10 All-Academic Team selection.
With 298 career assists, Nyseth ranks seventh on the Cougars' all-time list in that category. She is just nine assists shy of Penny Bowden (307 assists, 1987-88) for sixth position. Nyseth is averaging 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds a game and leads the team in assists (5.1 a game) and steals (2.5 a game). In addition, Nyseth leads the Pac-10 with a 2.56 assist/turnover ratio and is second in the conference with a .471 three-point field goal percentage (8-of-17).