March 11, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State senior Marissa Kastanek has been named the recipient of the fifth annual Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and headlines the 2012-13 All-ACC Women's Basketball Academic Team, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford.
Teammates Kody Burke and Ashley Eli join Kastanek on the league's academic team. Burke leads the team in scoring (13.5), rebounding (7.2) and blocked shots (52), while Eli has played in 29 games off the bench in her first season with the Wolfpack, averaging 2.5 points and 2.8 boards per game.
Kastanek earns the scholar athlete honor for the second-straight season and is the second women's basketball player to earn repeat honors, joining Duke's Jasmine Thomas who did so in 2010 and 2011.
The native of Lincoln, Neb., ranks second on the Wolfpack in scoring at 12.8 points per game. She also ranks fifth in the ACC with 2.1 3-pointers per game, while her 37.2 percent shooting from downtown is ninth in the league.
She ranks eighth in school history with 1,639 career points, and her 239 three-pointers are second in the Wolfpack record book.
Kastanek is also a standout in the classroom. The four-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree has a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in psychology with minors in coaching, Spanish and sport science.
She was named first team Academic All-America last month, and first team All-ACC last week. Meanwhile, Burke was selected to the Academic All-America third team, giving NC State a pair of Academic All-Americans for two-consecutive seasons.
ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment.
To be eligible for consideration for the academic squad, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.