Feb. 8, 2007
Joanna Chadd of the
"I am really happy for Jo," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "She is very deserving of any honor and award she receives. She is an extremely hard-working player. It has been a pleasure to coach her the last four years, and I like to see her career culminate in receiving an award like this."
This is the second straight year that Chadd has earned first team honors. She also has helped lead the Eagles to appearances on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll Top 25 each of her previous three seasons at Eastern (the 2006-07 set of rankings has not come out yet). The Eagles placed third or higher in each of those seasons, including a No. 1 ranking in Chadd's freshman year of 2003-04.
On the court, Chadd not only appears twice on the national rankings, but also is steadily moving up various school-record charts.
Her three-point shooting percentage of 35.7 ranks her 74th nationally (and ninth among Big Sky Conference players) and her average of 2.2 three-point field goals made per game places her 66th nationally and fourth in the conference. She is shooting 46-of-55 on free throws (83.6 percent), ranking fourth in the conference (minimum 2.0 makes per contest), but is just shy of the minimum number of attempts to achieve notice on the national-leader charts (2.5 makes per game). She would be tied for the 50th slot.
Her 51 made three-pointers this year places her fourth on the EWU single-season record chart, while her career total of 162 places her third on that list. Her career three-point shooting percentage of 34.0 currently places her fourth in Eastern history. She also has seen success in free throw shooting, as her career 76.3 percent shooting from the charity stripe is the second highest in school annals.
Also named to the first team with Chadd were Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk and Jami Bjorklund, Loyola Marymount's Jennifer Hall and
As a member of a district's first team (there are eight districts nationally), she will be considered for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. Voting for that prestigious honor will commence next week and finish the week after, and the members will be announced on Feb. 27.
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 First Team
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga - graduate, 3.60 GPA, business administration/MBA
Jami Bjorklund, Gonzaga - sophomore, 3.93 GPA, business administration
Jennifer Hall, Loyola Marymount - junior, 3.79 GPA, communication studies
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Second Team
Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA - junior, 3.68 GPA, communication studies
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Third Team
Noelle Quinn, UCLA - senior, 3.21 GPA, sociology
Brooke Smith, Stanford - senior, 3.25 GPA, human biology