Worcester, Mass. – Clark University sophomore sensation Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District first-team it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by their Sports Information Director.
Ezemma becomes the third Clark University student-athlete to earn the honor this season, joining women's soccer's Kara Fischer and volleyball's Courtney Pharr.
A biology major who has her sights set on becoming either a pediatrician or obstetrician-gynecologist, Ezemma has been a key cog in the Cougars' team success this season. They have doubled their win total from a season ago and are in the hunt for the program's first postseason berth since 2013.
In 22 games thus far this season, she is averaging 12.9 points and 9.4 rebounds and has nine double-doubles. She ranks first in the NEWMAC in blocks (1.7), fourth in rebounds and seventh in steals (2.0).
Six times this season she has scored 20 points or more, including a career-high 24 against Mount Holyoke and she has ten games with ten boards or more, highlighted by a career-best 17 on two occasions.
A three-time Dean's List selection, she was named Academic All-Conference for the first time this season.
In addition to her athletic and academic pursuits, Ezemma is immersed in community service, serving as a soup kitchen volunteer at the Westerly Area Rest Meals, a Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentor and is a member of both CASA (Caribbean and Africana Student Association) and the Pre-Med Society.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.