CLEVELAND - Gonzaga women's basketball senior, Sunny Greinacher, was named to the 13th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team Friday.
The 20 winners of the DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Women's and Men's Teams were announced by the Association. In addition, the Association also selected both a men's and women's scholar-athlete of the year and postgraduate scholarship winners.
"Our Association congratulates this year's scholar-athlete award winners," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. "We pride ourselves in honoring deserving student-athletes who exemplify I-AAA athletics and this year is no different, as we recognize the scholar-athletes of the year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments."
Greinacher holds a 3.52 GPA, and is working on her Masters of Education in school counseling. The three-time academic All-Conference recipient graduated with a undegraduate degree in psychology.
Greinacher was named First Team All-West Coast Conference for the second straight season, after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2012 and honorable mention in 2013. She was also tabbed WCC All-Tournament Team for the second straight season, and NCAA Tournament Spokane Regional All-Tournament team.
In 2014-15, Greinacher averaged a team-best 14.1 points per game, while grabbing 6.2 rebounds per outing. She made 48 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line, this season.
During the Bulldogs' run through the NCAA Tournament, Greinacher averaged 18.3 points and eight rebounds per contest. In the three games, she made 10 steals, had three blocks, and made eight of her nine free-throws. The Essen, Germany native, even made her lone three-point attempt at a key time in the victory over sixth-seeded George Washington.
In the WCC Tournament, Greinacher averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Zags' two games inside the Orleans Arena this year. She made 46.4 percent of her shots from the field. The senior added eight assists, three steals and two blocks. She made three of her four free-throws.
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the postgraduate scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2015.
About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 14th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.