LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior center Alyssa Rice (No. 45) and junior guard Maci Morris (No. 4) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team for their success both on and off the court this season.
Rice and Morris were named CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District honorees, advancing both to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in March.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Rice, who has a 3.94 GPA majoring in accounting with a minor in communication and psychology, is a three-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll with this being her second CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. The native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is having the best season of her career on the court, averaging 7.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Rice was voted by her peers in the league as the chair of the SEC Women’s Basketball Leadership Council and was the SEC’s representative on the NCAA Competition Committee earlier this season.
Morris, who has a cumulative 3.33 GPA majoring in Kinesiology, is a two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. On the court, Morris is leading Kentucky by averaging 16.9 points per game. The native of Pineville, Ky., is hitting 47.1 percent from 3 this season, which ranks second in the league and top 10 nationally. Morris has scored 20 or more points in each of her last four games, including a career-best 35 against South Carolina.
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