Thompson, Napolitano Garner First-Team Academic All-District Honor

Thompson, Napolitano Garner First-Team Academic All-District Honor

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University seniors Nina Napolitano and Kristen Thompson have been named by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to the 2016 First-Team Academic All-District Team, the organization announced, Thursday, Feb. 11. The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Napolitano, an Akron, Ohio, native, is pursuing a degree in biology/pre-med. The guard is third on the team with 217 points (9.9 ppg). She has been the most accurate on the team this season from the field, making 80-of-160 (.500). The senior's field goal percentage ranks fifth in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Her accuracy has extended past the arc, hitting 15-of-30 (.500). Napolitano has also added 68 rebounds, 46 steals, 41 assists, and nine blocks.

Thompson, who majors in leadership management, is in the midst of a dominant senior season. The Cincinnati, Ohio native leads the Crusaders in points (297) and rebounds (213). She averages 9.7 rebounds per game, which leads the OAC. The senior has been difficult to stop for opponents with seven double-doubles on the season.

Against No. 11 Calvin, Thompson had a career game that powered Capital to a 79-70 overtime  victory with a career-high 33 points and 19 rebounds.

Napolitano and Thompson are the only OAC representatives on the list.

The Crusaders are in second place in the OAC standings with a 18-4 overall, 11-4 record. They return to the court this Saturday in game two of the men's and women's doubleheader against cross-town rival Otterbein University. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.