TEMPE, Ariz. - Six Arizona State University women’s basketball players were named to the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, announced by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on Wednesday.
The Sun Devils had one player earn first-team recognition (Joy Burke), two players earn second-team honors (Deja Mann and Elisha Davis) and three named honorable mention (Promise Amukamara, Katie Hempen and Eliza Normen).
ASU's combined number (3) of first- (1) and second-team (2) honorees represented the most of any school in the conference.
A redshirt senior, Burke (3.72 GPA - Master’s in Communication Studies) was tabbed to the first team after earning honorable mention honors each of the last three seasons. Currently a graduate student, Burke earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from ASU’s Barrett Honors College. Burke played in every game in 2013-14 and scored in double figures 12 times (scored career-high 22 points vs. Oregon) and recorded double figures in rebounds three times (grabbed career-high 15 rebounds vs. Oregon). She concluded the season second on the team in field goal percentage (51.4) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
Like Burke, Mann (3.50 GPA - Master’s in Liberal Studies), also a redshirt senior, is currently a graduate student after already earning her undergraduate degree (BIS/Communication & Family Studies). Named All-Pac-12 by both the coaches and media, Mann started every game this season and concluded the campaign as the team’s leader in scoring (11.1 ppg), 3-pointers (50) and free throw percentage (86.7), was third in assists (2.1 apg) and was the team’s top rebounding guard (3.2 rpg - fourth on the team). She scored in double figures 21 times and connected on three or more 3-pointers eight times.
A sophomore guard, Davis (3.65 GPA - Communication) played in every game (two starts) and finished the season as the team’s leader in assists (2.8 apg), second in free throw percentage (79.1) and third in 3-point FGs (19). She scored a career-high 11 points three times, most recently in ASU’s win over Vanderbilt last Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Davis also grabbed five or more rebounds six times this season.
The team’s top defender and steals leader (1.6) spg, Amukamara (3.17 GPA - Communication) was named to the Pac-12’s All-Defensive Team for a season in which the junior guard developed a reputation for coming up with defensive stops in clutch, end-of-the-game situations. A starter in 31 of the 33 games she played in, Amukamara concluded the season fourth on the team in field goal percentage (44.1) and assists (1.6 apg). Amukamara scored in double figures eight times, shooting a blistering 61.5 percent in those games.
A redshirt sophomore, Normen (3.39 GPA - Kinesiology), is earning Pac-12 academic kudos for the second straight year after being named to the five-member second team last season. A member of the Barrett Honors College, Normen played in all 32 games this season and finished fifth on the team in rebounding. She pulled down five or more rebounds seven times, including a career-high eight boards vs. Long Beach State. Later in the season she scored a career-best 10 points (4-4 FGs) at Washington.
A redshirt sophomore, Hempen (3.02 GPA - Family and Human Development) made her debut for the Sun Devils this season after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Hempen played in all 33 of ASU’s games (seven starts) and finished the season second on the team in 3-point field goals (44) and tied for second in scoring (8.3 ppg). Hempen proved to be a difference maker for the Sun Devils down the stretch as 10 of her double-figure scoring efforts came in the final 16 games of the season.
After being picked to finished 10th in the Pac-12, the Sun Devils proved to be one of the surprise teams of the 2013-14 season. They won 20 of their first 23 games and were ranked as high as No. 11 in the AP poll last month. ASU (23-10, 11-7 Pac-12) would go on to finish tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time since 2001. They defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of the tournament before coming up short in their bid to upset unbeaten Notre Dame on Monday.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and either be a starter or a significant contributor.