Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named to the 2017-18 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic CoSIDA Academic All-America® Third Team, the organization announced Monday, March 12. The CoSIDA Academic All-American® Women’s Basketball Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. It is the first CoSIDA All-American selection for Drake since Lindsay Whorton in 2008. Rhine is an elementary education major who holds a 4.00 grade point average. To qualify for the COSIDA Academic All-District team, a nominee must hold a cumulative 3.30 grade point average, must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games.Print Friendly Version This year, Rhine has played in 31 games, averages 15.5 points per game while shooting a MVC-leading 58.0 percent from the floor and pulling down 6.0 rebounds per game. Last week, Rhine was voted the Missouri Valley Conference Sixth Player of the Year award and the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and she was selected to the All-MVC First Team for the first time in her career. She helped lead Drake to its second-straight MVC tournament title and she was selected to the MVC All-Tournament team for her outstanding play in the three games. Along with being picked to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team she collected a league-high five MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards and was chosen to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. Rhine is one of the most accurate shooters in MVC and program history with a 58.9 percent career clip, which ranks third all-time at Drake and sixth all-time in the MVC. She recently surpassed the 1,000-career point mark in the MVC Tournament. Rhine was named MVC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year and earned All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades following her freshman season.