April 12, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Four Washington State women's basketball players - Katie Nyseth, Victoria Harrod, Jessica Collins and Jessica Ottmar - were selected to the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Basketball All-Academic teams it was announced today.
Nyseth and Harrod earned first team selections, the second consecutive year the pair has earned the honors. Collins notched a second team selection to go along with her honorable mention pick from last year. Ottmar earned an honorable mention nod.
"I am very proud of these four athletes," said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. "For the last four years, Katie, Victoria and Jessica have given a great deal to our basketball program, but more importantly, to the university as a whole. Jessica Ottmar now continues that tradition of academic and athletic excellence. I believe these four women will enjoy even more success in the years to come."
A 2001 All-Pac-10 honorable mention honoree, Nyseth carries a 3.87 GPA in biological systems engineering. She finished the season second in the conference in assists (5.25/game) and assist to turnover ratio (1.96) as well as sixth in steals (2.18). Along with leading the team in assists and steals, Nyseth also led the team in total points with 271 and tied in points per game (9.7) this season. She saw action in all 28 games, starting 27.
"It was a real honor to make honorable mention All-Pac-10," said Nyseth. "To be on the Pac-10 academic first team is equally great, I pride myself in being the best athlete and student that I can be."
Nyseth's first team selection adds to an already long list of honors the 5-foot-3 senior guard from Cheshire, Ore., earned during the 2000-01 season. These include a 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball first team selection, a Socrates Award finalist selection, Successful Farming Magazine's All-American Women's Basketball Farm Team second team honoree and a 2000 Rutgers University Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award recipient. She was also an all-tournament selection at the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic and the Lady Griz Holiday Classic.
"I did not expect to win all these honors," Nyseth said of her accolades during the 2000-01 season. "I really enjoyed the season with the team. It was a great senior year."
Harrod, who carries a 3.97 GPA in human development, also earned a 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball first team selection. On the court, the 6-foot-0 senior forward from Nepean, Ontario, set or tied career highs in eight different categories during her final season. She saw action in all 28 games, starting 18 for a squad that finished 11-17, a seven-game improvement from the 1999-2000 season.
"I feel like I am leaving the team on an upswing," said Harrod. "I feel that way because I wish I could come back to see how much improvement we would make."
Collins, a 5-foot-6 senior guard from Reno, Nev., carries a 3.66 GPA in business. Her playing time was limited to four games last season as she was sidelined with a left foot stress fracture.
Ottmar, a 6-foot-0 sophomore from Silverdale, Wash., carries a 3.03 GPA. She saw action in all 28 games, starting 22. As a returning starter for next season, Ottmar will bring a 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game average from the 2000-01 season into next year.
"When I arrived, everyone said it was a perfect time to be a Cougar with a new coaching staff coming in," said Ottmar. "So far every year gets better. Our team energy is high and everyone is excited about next season."