Costenbader Earns Verizon Academic All-America Status

The junior transfer is one of five nationally named to the elite first team

Katryn Costenbader added Verizon Academic All-American to her list of accomplishments this season.

WASHINGTON -- Katryn Costenbader (Silver Spring, Md./Einstein), the leading scorer on the American University women's basketball team, was one of five Division I women's basketball players named to the 2001-02 District 2 Verizon Academic All-America First Team on Thursday. Costenbader and Lehigh University's Anne Tierney represent the Patriot League on the elite first team while Courtney Davidson of Navy earned second team honors.

Averaging 14.9 points per contest while boasting a 3.83 grade-point average (GPA), Costenbader has emerged as one of the top players in the Patriot League this season after transferring from St. Mary's College following her freshman campaign. She was named to the AU Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team in the Eagles debut this season and was honored as the Patriot League Player of the Week in November after scoring a career-high 35 points in one game, the second highest single-game mark in AU history.

An outstanding three-point shooter, Costenbader is currently tied for second on the American charts with 54 threes made this season and has helped the Eagles to a 12-12 mark this season, the program's first in the Patriot League, after a 4-23 campaign last year.

Joining Costenbader and Tierney on the first team are: Kelly Mazzante of Penn State University, Susan Moran of St. Joseph's University and Michelle Maslowski of Drexel University.

American University became a full member of the Patriot League on July 1, 2001, after competing in the CAA since the 1985-86 academic year. The University, founded in 1893, fields a 19-sport Division I athletics program, featuring 10 women's sports and nine for men.