January 30, 2014

Stephanie Huffman & Travis Core Named To Capital One Academic All-District 3 Teams

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) - University of North Georgia basketball players Travis Core and Stephanie Huffman have been named to their respective 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District 3 teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

Each team is made up of five student-athletes across the Southeast Region including the Peach Belt Conference, South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas.  All five women's and three of the five men's honorees hail from the Peach Belt Conference.

Through the Nighthawks' first 16 games, Core is averaging 10.0 points per game and is the team leader in steals with 21.  He is also second on the team in assists with 62.   The junior from Trenton, Ga. has started all 16 games at point guard and collected a season-high 18 in North Georgia's Dec. 14 win over Armstrong Atlantic. 

Last season, Core was a member of both the PBC and GABCA (Georgia Basketball Coaches Association) All-Academic teams.  He is the President of the UNG Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board.  Core also has been named to the Peach Belt's Presidential Honor Roll in both his previous seasons.

Huffman averages 13.4 points per game per game through the 21st-ranked Nighthawks' first 17 games.  She is the team leader in rebounding at 9.5 per game which ranks fourth in the PBC statistical rankings.  The junior from Woodstock, Ga. has recorded six double-doubles in her last nine games.  She is also second on the team in assists (54) and steals (20). In conference game, Huffman averages a double-double of 15.7 point and 12.5 rebounds per contest. 

Last season, Huffman garnered Peach Belt All-Conference honors (3rd Team) following North Georgia's march to the league championship game.  She also collected the conference's All-Academic and Presidential Honor Roll distinctions in 2012-13. 

The Capital One Academic All-District is the third of the season for UNG as the duo joins women's soccer player Megan Morrow who garnered the honor earlier this season. 

The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

To be nominated, student-athletes were required to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale) in both undergraduate and graduate work, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and completed at least one academic year at their institution.