WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Lizzy Washburn, a cornerstone of the Whitman College women's basketball team for the past three seasons, has been named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District First Team.
Washburn, a 5-foot-9 senior forward, is one of five players to earn first-team honors for women's basketball in the College Division of District VIII. The district includes all NCAA Div. II/Div. III and NAIA schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.
Players on All-District First Teams from eight College Division districts around nation are now eligible for election to the Academic All-America women's basketball team. That voting takes place next week.
Washburn and Pacific's Dee Dee Arnall are the only Northwest Conference players to earn district first-team honors. Linfield's Casey Stepan and Whitworth's Danielle Wegman made the second team.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA) administers the Academic All-America program, which is in its 55th year and has honored more than 14,000 students at all levels for all recognized NCAA sports.
Washburn, who played her prep ball at Mundelein (Ill.) High School, earned Academic All-District second-team honors a year ago. She is majoring in mathematics at Whitman with a minor in education. She has a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 on a 4.0 scale.
Despite mid-season elbow surgery, Washburn leads Whitman in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. She tops the NWC in offensive rebounding, averaging 3.32 per game, and ranks among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding, shooting percentage, steals and blocked shots.
Washburn has three double-doubles on the season. She missed six others by one or two rebounds, or in one game, by two points. She matched her career-high in scoring with 28 points in a victory over Willamette in January.
With four games remaining in the regular season, Washburn has amassed 925 points and ranks 12th on the Whitman career scoring list for women's basketball. She also has 457 rebounds, 154 assists and 145 steals.
Washburn was named to All-NWC Second Team a year ago, when she led Whitman in scoring and rebounding despite a debilitating staph infection in one of her elbows. She has been a starter since her sophomore season, when she helped Whitman win a share of the NWC championship.
Washburn has volunteered for four years in the Whitman Mentor program, assisting youth in local schools. She is completing her senior mathematics project on research and analysis of the Lanczos Derivative, named for Cornelius Lanczos, a 20th-century Hungarian mathematician and physicist who once served as an assistant to Albert Einstein.
Washburn is the daughter of Dan and Sandy Washburn of Mundelein, Ill.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902