March 5, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – American junior guard Alexis Dobbs was named Patriot League Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, it was announced Tuesday by the League during its annual media teleconference before the Women’s Basketball Tournament. In addition, Dobbs heads up a roster of six on the Academic All-Patriot League squad.
Voting for Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Academic All-League team is conducted by the League’s women’s basketball sports information directors who cannot vote for their own student-athletes.
Dobbs was joined on the Academic All-League squad by teammate Jen Dumiak. Also making the team were Bucknell senior Lindsay Horbatuck, Holy Cross junior Alex Smith, Lehigh senior Kelly Peterson and Navy junior Audrey Bauer.
Dobbs’ academic laurels came the same day that she was announced as earning second-team All-Patriot League laurels from the eight head coaches.
Dobbs, in her second season as American co-captain, led the team with 10.9 points and 4.3 assists per game during 14 Patriot League games. Entering the Patriot League Tournament, the junior from Berea, Ohio, is averaging 11.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, and is hitting almost 80 percent of her attempts from the free throw line. 2012-13 marks her second appearance on the All-League team, after capturing first-team laurels a season ago.
Dobbs has been as impressive in the classroom as she has been on the court. She is the League’s third consecutive repeat Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Army’s Erin Anthony, who won it three straight seasons from 2008-09 to ’10-11, and American’s Liz Hayes (2006-07, ’07-08). Dobbs became American’s first back-to-back CoSIDA/Capital one Academic All-District first-team honoree in women’s basketball earlier this season, and has already been a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. A public health major at American, Dobbs owns a 3.83 cumulative grade-point average.
Dumiak garnered first-team Academic All-District laurels alongside Dobbs in late January. An All-Rookie selection a season ago, Dumiak is averaging 11.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. She is majoring in mathematics and economics with a 3.93 cumulative GPA.
Horbatuck, an elementary education major at Bucknell, has a 3.50 cumulative GPA, which includes a perfect 4.0 during the fall. She leads the League in rebounding (10.3) entering Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament, and was the leading rebounder during League play (10.1). Her 299 boards place her in a sixth-place tie on the League’s single-season list.
Smith is a psychology major with a 3.34 GPA. A member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last year, she was one of five League players this season to reach 1,000 career points. She’s the League’s leading scorer this season at 14.7. In addition, Smith joined Dobbs in achieving double recognition Tuesday, as she was also named to the All-League team.
Peterson is averaging 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 21 appearances and 13 starts for Lehigh this season. The senior from Concord, Calif., is an economics major with a 3.87 cumulative GPA.
Bauer owns a 3.45 GPA at the U.S. Naval Academy majoring in political science. She leads the Mids with 59 made field goals and is averaging 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds entering the League Tournament. She is making her second straight appearance on the Academic All-League team, and has been named to Navy’s Superintendent’s List in three semesters.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom, and the size equals the sport's first-team All-Patriot League composition. This season, the team includes six because of a tie in the voting.
Sports information directors, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes, select the academic award winners. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
2013 Patriot League Women's Basketball Academic Awards
Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Alexis Dobbs, American, Jr.
Academic All-Patriot League
Alexis Dobbs, American, Jr.
Jen Dumiak, American, So.
Lindsay Horbatuck, Bucknell, Sr.
Alex Smith, Holy Cross, Jr.
Kelly Peterson, Lehigh, Sr.
Audrey Bauer, Navy, Jr.