Feb. 23, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
Purdue senior Brittany Rayburn was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Basketball second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
"It is an honor and it's a way to show that student-athletes can do both," Rayburn said. "It's a complete tribute to this coaching staff and this team proving how hard we work on and off the floor and how our coaches allow us to pursue our academic dreams. I really love what I'm doing in the academic world and it is awesome for people to see how hard athletes do work at their studies."
Rayburn is the 12th Boilermaker women's basketball player to earn Academic All-America honors and the first since Camille Cooper and Katie Douglas were both selected as first team members in 2001.
"We're very proud of Brittany and extremely pleased that she has been recognized for her hard work and success in the classroom and on the basketball court," head coach Sharon Versyp said. "At Purdue, we strive for excellence in all facets of life and Brittany is an outstanding example of what it means to be a student-athlete. It is a high honor to be named Academic All-American and I am happy for Brittany and for the entire Purdue women's basketball family that her name will be added to this elite list."
The 6-foot guard has led Purdue in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior and with 1,679 career points is seventh all-time on the Boilermaker scoring chart. Earlier this season, Rayburn tied an NCAA record by hitting 12 three-pointers at Minnesota. She scored a career-high 38 points, third most in a single game by a Boilermaker. The Attica, Ind., native is third at Purdue for career three-pointers at 186 and needs just three to pass Jodi Howell for second place. This season, Rayburn is averaging 14.3 points and a career-best 4.4 rebounds per game.
Rayburn has earned a 3.71 GPA as an animal sciences major and a biology minor and has been accepted into Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine where she will enroll in the fall. She also is active in the community participating in the Greater Lafayette Hunger Hike, Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at the Feast of the Hunters' Moon as well as various school appearances and speaking engagements.
Rayburn earned second team Academic All-District as a sophomore and first team Academic All-District as a junior and senior. She is the only Big Ten student-athlete to earn Academic All-American this season. The full list of the first, second and third team Academic All-America selections is below.
The senior captain and her teammates are in Ann Arbor, Mich., for a 6 p.m. tipoff against the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday in Crisler Arena.
Academic All-American of the Year: Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
Elena Delle Donne, Jr. - Delaware
Roxana Button, Sr. - Houston
Caroline Durbin, Jr. - New Mexico
Amanda Johnson, Gr. - Oregon
Glory Johnson, Gr. - Tennessee
Lacey Boshe, Sr. - Missouri State
Ashley Eide, Jr. - South Dakota State
Marissa Kastanek, Jr. - N.C. State
Brittany Rayburn, Sr. - Purdue
Rachel Semansky, Jr. - Montana State
Julie Wojta, Sr. - Green Bay
Janae Burich, Jr. - North Dakota State
Kody Burke, So. - N.C. State
Alyssa Charlston, So. - Idaho
Jericka Jenkins, Sr. - Hampton