For the first time since 2012, Kansas women’s basketball has multiple first-team honorees for academic honors, after junior forward Caelynn Manning-Allen and sophomore guard Lauren Aldridge were named as Academic All-Big 12 First Team selections, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
This marks the third conference academic honor for Manning-Allen, who earned first-team distinction as a sophomore and as a freshman was selected to the academic rookie team. Aldridge, who was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team last week, garnered academic rookie honors last season.
Manning-Allen, a communication major, is averaging 7.7 points per game, good for third best on the Kansas roster. The Chicago native leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per contest, while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. Manning-Allen has swatted away 34 blocks in 2016 and is 19 blocks away from Kansas’ top-10 season list and nine to etch her name into the junior record.
Aldridge, a political science and journalism major, leads the squad with 10.0 points per game, while connecting on 34.6 percent of her shot attempts from the field. The Marshfield, Mo., native is shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and leads the team with 53 assists.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA.