(Seguin) - Texas Lutheran senior forward Kristen Lye is the 33rd Academic All-American® in school history after being named Tuesday to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Women's Basketball Academic All-America® Second Team for NCAA Division III.
Lye joins Chantel Mize as the only TLU women's basketball players to receive an Academic All-America® honor. Mize was a First Team Academic All-America® selection in 1999.
While Mize is the all-time leading scorer at TLU, Lye is fourth all-time in scoring and rebounding for the Bulldogs. Lye holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a kinesiology major with specializations in exercise science and sports management.
Lye completed her TLU career last Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship final. Lye led TLU to a pair of SCAC regular-season championships, to an SCAC tournament championship, and to an appearance in the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship (first round).
Lye concluded her stand-out career with 1,255 points and 805 rebounds. She averaged career-highs for points (14.4) and rebounds (9.6) this season in leading TLU to a 21-6 overall record and to a 12-2 mark in the SCAC.
Lye was named to the All-SCAC First Team for a second consecutive season. Three times she was named to the SCAC All-Tournament Team.
For her career, Lye averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. She played in 106 career contests.
With her seven fellow seniors, Lye is part of TLU's senior class that won the most games in school history over four seasons. The Bulldogs went 75-33 (.694) overall and 45-11 in the SCAC (.804) in the past four seasons.
Tuesday's Academic All-America honors were announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.
The Academic All-America® women's team, with 15 players, has an average G.P.A. of 3.89 with the First Team posting a combined 3.95 G.P.A. Five women: Lye, Jackie Hudepohl (Carnegie Mellon), Kara Holinski (MIT), Lori Obendorf (Loras) and Kirsten Rayner (Frostburg State) all have 4.0 GPAs.
Off the court, Lye and her teammates volunteer at Eden Cross Apartments in Seguin. Eden Cross is an affordable rental housing community for seniors age 62 and older. Lye has also participated in TLU community-wide service days and served in leadership roles in a variety of on-campus and off-campus service groups.
Lye is scheduled to graduate in May 2017 and plans to do exercise research as well as research in the areas of battlefield health and trauma at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio. After her research time at BAMC, she intends to enter graduate school.
Lye is the daughter of Bob and Caryn Lye of San Antonio. Kristen has two older brothers, Bobby and Garrett.
Lye joins a distinguished list of TLU student-athletes that have garnered Academic All-America® awards, including: three-time Academic All-American Natalie Wood (women's cross country/track and field, 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07), two-time selection Amber Lowe (women's cross country/track & field, 2007-08 and 2008-09), two-time selection David Stahl (men's soccer, 2002-03 and 2003-04), two-time selection Tommy Stolhandske (men's basketball, 2003-04 and 2004-05), two-time selection Matt Alves (football, 2006-07 and 2007-08), two-time selection Allen Cain (football, 2011-12 and 2012-13), two-time selection Ashley Meadows (women's cross country/track and field, 2012-13 and 2013-14), two-time selection Taylor Grissom (softball, 2014-15 and 2015-16), and two-time selection Sofia Vega (at-large, 2014-15 and 2015-16).
The TLU Academic All-America® list also includes: Chantel Mize (women's basketball, 1998-99), Amy Behlen (softball, 2002-03), Tracy Heathcock (women's volleyball, 2003-04), Angela Bagwell (women's volleyball, 2004-05), Abby Cochran (women's golf, 2005-06), Dana Robbins (women's cross country/track & field, 2007-08), Ryan Nokelby (baseball, 2009-10), Ashley Jacobsen (softball, 2013-14), Derek Kanas (2013-14), Jacquelyn Brown (softball, 2014-15), Nicole Snow (softball, 2015-16), Amanda Lochte (softball, 2015-16), and Tyler Howlett (football, 2016-17).
In the last six years alone, TLU has produced 15 Academic All-Americans®.