Kersee Lind and Kyla Evans are Scholar-Athletes of the Month

Track athlete and basketball player are Eastern's recipients for the month of January

Junior track and field athlete Kersee Lind and junior women's basketball guard Kyla Evans have been selected as Eastern Washington University's January Scholar-Athletes.

Lind, a health and fitness major with a 3.4 grade point average, is a graduate of Hermiston (Ore.) High School. Evans is a 2007 graduate of Brewster (Wash.) High School, and she has a 3.97 grade point average as a communication studies major with minors in government and leadership.

Lind broke Eastern's indoor heptathlon record with 5,033 points on Dec. 5 at EWU's Candy Cane Invitational. The previous record was set by Matt Ludwigson in 2007 with 4,951 points, and Lind's previous best was 4,910 set in 2008. He also qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships in Bozeman, Mont., Feb. 26-27.

Last year at the BSC Indoor Championships, Lind finished sixth with 4,774 points. He currently ranks third on the BSC performance list behind Asa Staven (5,304) from Montana State and Nick Trubachik (5,307) from Portland State.

This is the third different honor won by Evans in the last two weeks. On Thursday (Feb. 4), she was selected on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

She was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 25 for her performances in Eastern's victories over Idaho State on Jan. 22 (70-60) and Weber State the following night (77-65). She had 11 points and four steals against the Bengals and had a career-high 24 points against the Wildcats.

Evans has started all 20 of the games she has played, and is averaging 9.4 points per game while making 44-of-106 three-point attempts (41.5 percent) and 24-of-25 free throws (96.0 percent). She is also averaging 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

She currently owns the school record with a .391 career three-point shooting percentage. She is fourth all-time at EWU in three-pointers made with 156 and fourth with 398 attempts. She is just 40 treys from the school record of 196 held by Stephanie Ulmer (2002-05).

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