Three Trojans Earn Pac-10 Academic Honors

April 8, 2010

Three members of the USC women's basketball team have been awarded academic accolades this season, with senior Daniela Roark, junior Kari LaPlante and sophomore Briana Gilbreath all earning Pac-10 All-Academic honors. Roark has picked up a place on the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, making the senior makes her just the fourth Trojan ever to earn first team honors. USC's previous All-Academic First Team honorees were Holly Ford (1988), Tammy Story (1990-92) and Allison Jaskowiak (2007-08).

Senior Daniela Roark will graduate with a degree in kinesiology, holding a 3.58 cumulative GPA to earn her place as a Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection. She appeared in 28 games for the Trojans in her senior season and was fourth on the team in 3-pointers made. Roark is joined in conference academic distinction by honorable mention recipients Kari LaPlante and Briana Gilbreath.

LaPlante earned a Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention last season as well, and the junior communications major kept up her strength on the floor and in the classroom. USC's starting center also was named received Pac-10 Defensive Honorable Mention this year.

Adding to her laundry list of awards in her sophomore season, Gilbreath has her first academic honor as she's now eligible for the award as a sophomore. Now with Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention, the full-time starter, top rebounder and second leading scorer also was selected Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Pac-10 Team this season.

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