Austgulen earns national honor
Friday, March 7, 2003
Richmond, Va. –
Virginia Commonwealth University's senior forward Kristine Austgulen (Bergen,
Norway) was named Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for the
women's basketball university division by College Sports Information Director's
of America (CoSIDA) earlier today. Austgulen becomes the first basketball player
in VCU history, as well as the first female to receive this honor and the second
a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and is majoring in political science. The
Bergen, Norway native earns first team Academic All-America honors for the
second straight year and makes her third straight appearance on the Verizon
Academic All-America team. She became the first VCU women's basketball player
to receive this recognition sophomore year.
earned first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors junior year and was a
second team pick the previous season. In addition, Austgulen was selected to
Verizon's Academic All-District first team sophomore through senior years as
well and was also a CAA scholar athlete all three years.
currently holds 10 school career records and 11 season records, including
ranking third on the Rams scoring list with 1,572 career points and second
all-time with 799 rebounds. In addition, Austgulen is first in VCU's career
record book with 364 made free throws and has 28 career double-doubles, which is
second best in school history.
currently leads the CAA in both scoring (18.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg) and
also has collected a CAA season-high 14 double-doubles through 23 games for the
Rams this season. Austgulen has been named CAA Player of the Week three times
during the 2002-03 campaign and has earned this award five times throughout her
which Austgulen accomplished while at VCU was becoming the first women's
basketball player in Rams' history to have her jersey retired and just the
second athlete in the history of both basketball programs.
for the honor of Verizon Academic All-American must have a 3.20 cumulative
grade-point average on a scale of 4.00, be a starter or key reserve and have
reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution. Voting
is done by members of CoSIDA.