NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's basketball players were chosen to the CACC All-Academic Team on Friday. The All-Academic Team was announced by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Senior Erin Maher (3.90, law & society) earned All-Academic honors for the third time. Senior Valez Jackson (3.58, professional communication) is a two-time recipient while senior Jessica Kaminski (3.74, innovation MBA) and sophomore Caitlyn Cunningham (3.67, finance) garnered the award for the first time.
To be eligible for the CACC All-Academic team, each student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of immediate preceding term (may include summer for fall sport participants)
- Minimum of two semesters enrolled as full-time student at member institution
- Student-athlete must be second year student-athlete at member institution
- Student-athlete must have been athletically eligible the season preceding the award and used a season of eligibility.
Maher started 29 games for the Rams and averaged 7.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. She was first on the team in blocks (0.9 bpg), second in steals (1.6 spg), third in rebounding and three-pointers (41) and fifth in scoring. The senior posted season-highs of 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, six steals and two blocks. Maher was named to the CACC All-Tournament Team. She was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA).
Jackson saw time in 18 contests with three starts. She totaled 28 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block. The senior scored a season-high seven points at Nyack on January 10. Jackson was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the D2 ADA.
Kaminski led the Rams in rebounding (8.2 rpg), field goal percentage (53.1%) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and was second in scoring (16.7 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg) and fourth in steals (1.5 spg). She had season-highs of 27 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. The senior was selected the CACC Player and Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-CACC first team. Kaminski was also the CACC Tournament Most Valuable Player. She recorded her 1,000th career point versus NYIT on November 14.
Cunningham was Jefferson's top scorer with 16.9 points per game. She ranked first in assists (4.2 apg) and steals (2.3 spg) and fourth in rebounding (4.8 rpg). The sophomore compiled season-highs of 32 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 12 steals. Cunningham posted a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists versus West Chester (November 28) and collected a school-record 12 steals at Georgian Court (February 19). She was selected to the All-CACC first team and to the All-Tournament Team. Cunningham was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the D2 ADA.