San Jose, Calif. - San José State basketball's career scoring leader, Ta'Rea Cunnigan, is a first-team Capital One Academic All-District 8 honoree, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Basketball Teams, selected from eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Cunnigan, a senior out of Winchester, Calif., is a psychology major with a kinesiology minor who maintains a 3.704 grade-point average. In successive games in January, she passed Spartan women's basketball career-scoring leader Karen Mason (1,760 points) and then men's career-scoring leader Rickey Berry (1,767 points) to become the most prolific scorer in San José State basketball history. Cunnigan currently has 1,830 career points.
In addition to the school's scoring record, Cunnigan ranks first for Spartans women's basketball in career free throws (498), second in free throw attempts (680), third in field goals (610) and field goal attempts (1,550), fourth in steals (239) fifth in free throw percentage (.732) and three-point attempts (411) and sixth in three-pointers made (121).
Cunnigan, who earned Academic All-District 8 honors in the 2012-13 season, is one of 47 female basketball players who advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Cunnigan is one of three women basketball student-athletes from the Mountain West to earn Academic All-District honors. Wyoming's Kayla Woodward and Colorado State's Gritt Ryder, both of whom were selected from District 7, join her.
2014-15 Division I Academic All-District 8 Women's Basketball Team
Ta'Rea Cunnigan, San José State, Sr., Winchester, Calif., 3.70 GPA, Psychology
Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State, Jr., Houston, B.C., 3.86 GPA, Mechanical Engineering
Kelsey Plum, Washington, So., Poway, Calif., 3.35 GPA, Pre-Social Science
Lili Thompson, Stanford, So., Mansfield, Texas, 3.35 GPA, Undeclared
Taryn Wicijowski, Utah, Gr., Regina, Saskatchewan, 3.98 GPS, Biology/Psychology