Feb. 27, 2007
Eastern Washington University women's basketball player Joanna Chadd became just the second Eagle to ever earn mention on one of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America women's basketball teams, placing herself on the second team. The senior has earned a stellar 3.96 GPA while majoring in exercise science, is ranked in the top-75 nationally in three-point shooting and has been rising up Eastern's school record charts in a variety of categories.
"It is a great achievement for Jo, well deserved," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "She is outstanding in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and this reward is a reflection of that excellence she has shown over the course of her career."
Chadd becomes just the second Eagle to ever be honored on an Academic All-America team, as Kathleen Nygaard was also named to the second team in her senior season of 2003-04.
The Philomath, Ore., native will be playing her final two games of the 2006-07 regular season this week at home versus Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona. The UNC game begins at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday (March 1), while the Eagles take on the Lumberjacks at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Athletically, Chadd is currently ranked 49th of all NCAA Division I players in three-point field goals made per game (2.3) and is 72nd in three-point field-goal percentage (35.2). She also places herself third and 11th among Big Sky Conference players in each of those categories, respectively.
Her 62 three-point field goal makes this year places Chadd third in all-time EWU history (tied for 19th in Big Sky Conference history), while her career total of 173 also places the senior third (and tied for 10th in Big Sky annals). The senior's 33.9 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc currently inserts her into the fourth slot in that category in the school record book.
This is the second straight year that Chadd has earned Academic All-District 8 first team honors. She has been part of a team which has earned appearances on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll Top 25 each of her previous three seasons (the 2006-07 set of rankings has not been released 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.