Chihil Named to Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team
Friday, April 08, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast women's basketball junior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) has been named to the Division I-AAA Women's Scholar-Athlete Team.

This is the ninth year the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association has presented Scholar-Athlete Teams in men and women's basketball. Two 10-member squads are selected for each gender as well as an overall male and female "Scholar-Athlete of the Year.”

“Courtney is a very focused student who is extremely conscientious about her studies,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “We are very proud of her earning a spot on the Division I-AAA Women's Scholar-Athlete Team.”

“We are certainly extremely proud of Courtney earning her well deserved placement within this grouping of outstanding student-athletes,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh, who also serves as the First Vice President for the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association. “Courtney personifies the definition of scholar-athlete, and we are very thankful for her numerous sacrifices and contributions in behalf of FGCU, as well as the fact that we have her leadership and overall skills returning for one more year.”

Chihil, one of the Blue and Green’s captains, helped lead the Eagles to their second Atlantic Sun Regular Season crown and their fourth consecutive automatic berth to the WNIT. She finished the season as the A-Sun’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.91), which ranked 25th in the country, while leading the Eagles in rebounding (5.8) and steals (1.9). Chihil, who averaged 8.7 points, 3.8 assists and shot 46.6 percent from the field during the 2010-11 campaign, had one of her best performances of the season in the second round of the WNIT against Florida as she scored a game a game-high 19 points on 6-of-11-shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from long distance.

In the classroom, Chihil maintains a 3.86 grade-point average (GPA) and is majoring in Nursing. This season Chihil was named to the 2010-2011 Capital One Academic All-District 3 Women’s Basketball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was one of two players (Jenna Bartsokas - Lipscomb) from the Atlantic Sun Conference named to a first team Academic All-District Team. Her efforts in the classroom also earned her A-Sun All-Academic honors for the third time in three years.

FGCU is the only school in the A-Sun to have a player on the Scholar-Athlete team and the only team in the state to be represented.

Criteria are based on the nominee being a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials and at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. The student-athlete much have reached junior academic standing and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 10th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 100 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football and includes fellow A-Sun rivals Belmont, ETSU, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, Stetson, UNF and USC Upstate, Big East member institutions DePaul, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s and Seton Hall, as well as the likes of Cal State-Fullerton, Creighton, George Mason, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, Siena, St. Louis, VCU, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wichita State, Vermont and Xavier), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit