June 25, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Rising senior Karleen Paulin and rising sophomore Jordan Elliott joined players from around the conference on the 2011-12 Patriot League Women's Basketball Academic Honor Roll on Monday morning. Fifty student-athletes garnered recognition, while Paulin and Elliott did so for the first time in their respective careers.
To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports.
Paulin maintained a 3.61 GPA in Engineering Psychology during the spring semester. A native of Summerville, S.C., she has battled through injury throughout her career. Surgery late in her sophomore campaign kept Paulin sidelined. She continued rehabilitation and did not play in 2011-12.
A highly touted recruit out of Fayetteville, N.C., Elliott entered the Academy as a front-runner for Army's starting point guard position. An injury sustained before the season even began left her sidelined for all of the 2011-12 campaign. In the meantime, she impressed in the classroom behind a 3.52 GPA in the spring. The Army coaching staff presented Elliott with the sixth annual Joy Swanson Award at the team banquet in May. Named in memory of former Army assistant basketball coach Joy Swanson, who passed away in 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer, the award is presented annually to a true team player who shows leadership through determination, motivation, patience and selfless service to others on and off the court.
The Black Knights are coming off a 14-16 season, including an 8-6 mark in league play. Army earned the fourth seed in the Patriot League Tournament and hosted a first-round game. The Black Knights return three All-Patriot League players Anna Simmers (first team), Jen Hazlett (second team) and Olivia Schretzman (rookie team) for the 2012-13 season.