Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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USF’s Maria Jespersen, Kitija Laksa named first-team All-AAC

For the second consecutive season, USF senior F Maria Jespersen and junior SG Kitija Laksa have been selected as first-teamers on the coaches All-American Athletic Conference team.

The team was released Friday afternoon, a day before the conference tournament tips off in Uncasville, Conn., where the Bulls (24-6, 13-3) are the No. 2 seed.

USF also won the AAC's Team Academic Excellence Award for the third consecutive year. The Bulls possess a cumulative 3.5 GPA,  the highest in the league.

The entire all-conference team can be seen here. The league's major awards (player of the year, coach of the year, etc.) will be announced Saturday morning.

Jespersen, a 6-foot Denmark native named the AAC's Most Improved Player last season, enters the conference tournament averaging nearly a double-double (18.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg). She's currently tied for 10th nationally with 17 double-doubles, which lead the league.

Laksa (20.7 ppg) is the NCAA's top free-throw shooter (103-of-107, 96.3 percent) at any level — male or female — and ranks eighth among Division I women with 107 3-pointers.

She set an NCAA mark with 11 consecutive treys in a mid-December rout of Southern, when she finished with 40 points. She scored 41 three weeks ago in an 84-65 embarrassment of then-No. 13 Ohio State.

Last season, Jespersen and Laksa became the first Bulls duo to earn first-team all-conference honors in the same season.

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