Tommie Women's Basketball sophomore Kaia Porter was recognized Thursday night in Salem, Va., as the NCAA Elite 90 award recipient for her sport. The honor goes to the player with the best grade-point average among the 60 players in uniform this weekend at the Division III Final Four.
Porter had a 3.95 gpa in Biology.
This is the ninth NCAA Elite 90 award for the University of St. Thomas in the 10-year history of the award. That total is tied for third most among all Division III institutions.
Porter is part of a special team in and out of the classroom. The Tommie starting five has a combined gpa of 3.74. On the court, St. Thomas is ranked No. 2 nationally with a 30-1 record. Coach Ruth Sinn has her team in the national semifinals for the third time in eight seasons.
Biology major... multiple Dean's Lists will make Academic All-MIAC in 2018-19... converts at 46 percent of 3-point shots and 77 percent at foul line this season... Career: In 60 games has 606 points, 241 rebounds and 120 assists... team 57-4 in her two seasons.... she converts 45 percent from 3-point range with 60 made in 60 games.
The Elite 90 award debuted in 2009-10 (originally Elite 88), and 30 Division III athletes are honored each school year. This is the ninth time St. Thomas athletes have been recognized.
All-Time St. Thomas recipients:
- Michael Mortenson (2011 Men's Golf);
- Kia Johnson (2010 and 2012 Volleyball);
- Keegan Bragg (2012 Football);
- Brian Anderson (2014 Men's CC)
- Alex Kapraun (2015 Men's Golf)
- Paige Gernes (2017 Women's Basketball)
- Andrew Stuempfig (2017 Men's Soccer)
- Kaia Porter (2019 Women's Basketball)