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Ohio's Kohn Named Academic All-America

Feb. 26, 2008

CoSIDA 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Release

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio guard Lauren Kohn was named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Second Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Kohn (Adrian, Mich.) is only the second Ohio women's basketball player to ever receive an Academic All-America nod. Ohio's all-time leading scorer Caroline Mast (1982-86) earned first-team Academic All-America honors in 1986 and second-team honors in 1985.

"I'm honored to be named to the second-team Academic All-America Team," said Kohn. "It is a great accomplishment not only for me, but for the Ohio program as a whole. To be the second player to ever receive the award, and first since Caroline Mast, is such a great privilege. I'm honored to even be recognized in the same category as her."

Joining Kohn on the Academic All-America Second Team is Tennessee's Nicky Anosike, Megan Frazee of Liberty, Danielle Green of Okalahoma State and Crystal Langhorne of Maryland.

Kohn is the 12th MAC player to ever receive second-team honors and the 36th player to ever receive any Academic All-America honor in the conference.

Kohn has a cumulative grade point average of 3.82 and is a communications and public advocacy major. She was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 4 First Team earlier this year, after being selected to the third team in 2007. She was named to the 2006-07 Academic All-MAC Team, and was on the athletic director's honor roll and Big East Academic All-Star Team during her freshman year at Syracuse.

On the court, Kohn is one of Ohio's top scorers. She has led the team in scoring all season and currently averages a team-best 16.3 points per game, which is third best in the conference. Kohn has scored in double figures in 21 games this season and 29-of-30 games last season. She has scored 20 or more points in seven games and has been perfect at the free-throw line in 11 games, while being one of the top 11 players in the country in the free throw percentage category. She recently reached the 1,000-point plateau after scoring 422 points at Syracuse and 890 points in her year and a half as a Bobcat. She has scored 1,312 points in her career altogether.

"Lauren (Kohn) is a leader for our team on and off the court," said Ohio Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "She is a go-to player and although she has consistently succeeded on the court, her work ethic has extended to the classroom. She has the highest grade point average of any of our scholarship athletes. I am proud of her and am happy that she has received this honor."