Four Pac-10 Women's Basketball Players Voted CoSIDA/ESPB The Magazine Academic All-District

Feb. 5, 2010


WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Four Pac-10 women's basketball players were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 team, which was announced this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). OREGON's Amanda Johnson and ARIZONA STATE's Danielle Orsillo were named to the first team and OREGON STATE's Talisa Rhea and Kirsten Tilleman were named to the second team.

To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 and be a starter or significant reserve. The student-athlete must be at least a sophomore. Each district is voted upon by college sports information directors in their region and those students-athletes that earn first-team status are eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. 

Amanda Johnson, a sophomore forward for the Ducks, boasts a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in psychology. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is averaging 13.6 points, as well as a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the Conference.

Danielle Orsillo, a senior guard out of Oroville, Calif., boasts a 3.46 GPA while pursuing a masters degree in higher and post secondary education at Arizona State, and has already earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Orsillo is currently averaging 14.0 points per game to lead to the Sun Devils, topping the 1,000-point career mark in January.

Oregon State junior guard Talisa Rhea was named to the second team with a 3.53 GPA in exercise and sport science. This season, Rhea became the 16th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The Anchorage, Alaska, native leads the team with 17.6 points per game. 

Fellow Beaver sophomore forward Kirsten Tilleman earned second team recognition with a 3.96 GPA while majoring in natural sciences. A native of Bozeman, Mont., Tilleman has been in the top 10 in the league in rebounding all season and currently averages 7.4 rebounds per game.

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