Leah Combs Named to Verizon Academic All-District Second Team

Feb. 21, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior forward Leah Combs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) has been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District second team for District VIII.

It marks the second consecutive year that Combs, who carries a 3.96 cumulative GPA and plans a career in sports broadcasting, has been named to an all-district team. She is also a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree, becoming ASU's first first-team all-conference selection since 1990.

Combs has played in all 28 games this year, starting five. This season, she has the second-best field goal percentage on the team, knocking down 47.9 percent of her shots, and is averaging 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Joining Combs on the all-district teams were first-team selections Lauren Beckman (Utah), Linda Frolich (UNLV), Kate Murray (LMU), Cindy Oparah (UC Irvine) and Darci Pemberton (Idaho), second-team selections Kayte Christensen (UC Santa Barbara), Caroline Gruening (Santa Clara), Caroline Heaton (Southern Utah) and Loree Payne (Washington), and third-team selections Becki Ashbaugh (Santa Clara), Jamie Critchfield (Weber State), Bethany Donaphin (Stanford), Jessica Malone (Gonzaga) and Kate Smith (Nevada).

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, be a starter or important reserve and be in at least their second season of athletic and academic eligibility at their school. A total of 56 students from 27 schools were nominated and voted on by members of CoSIDA from California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.