Adach and Olsen earn Academic All-District honors, advance to national ballot

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's basketball seniors Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) and Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) were among five players selected today for the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 team, as the two were lauded for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. Olsen earned the laurel for the second consecutive winter.

Adach and Olsen, who drew accolades voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), advance to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon next month. The two team captains are among three Northeast-10 Conference players to be recognized.

Olsen is first on the team in steals (50) and three-point shooting (34.7) while standing second in scoring (13.6), assists (37), free throws (63), free throw percentage (79.7) and three-pointers (26). Entering the week, she was tied for seventh in the East Region in steals per game and tied for ninth in freebie shooting.

A double major in economics and psychology, Olsen has qualified for the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll as an academic standout six times while being named NE-10 Academic All-Conference twice. Since the turn of the new year, the 5-foot-10 guard averaged 17.0 points in eight games on 47.1 percent shooting to go along with 2.9 steals. Last Saturday, she netted a career-high 31 points to come within five of a 32-year-old school record.

Adach, whose career- and team-high 15.8 points come on a career-best 53.4 percent shooting, also places first in free throw percentage (85.0), free throws (68), field goals (101) and blocks (10) while placing second in rebounding (6.3) and steals (31). Though not qualified to be among the league leaders in the category, she shoots 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from three-point range. Entering the week, she was second in the region in field goal shooting - good for 11th in Division II - while standing fourth in the East in free throw percentage.

In four games this winter against 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, Adach averaged 15.3 points on 57.8 percent shooting in addition to hauling down 5.8 rebounds. Included in those contests was a 16-point performance on 8-of-9 shooting on Nov. 28 versus No. 2 Bentley University. She has eight 20-point games as a senior, the most by a Purple Knight since 2002-03. The 6-foot forward, who is majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology, is a six-time NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll qualifier.

To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE-10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference, and East Coast Conference.

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program, as CoSIDA moved away from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and aims to double the number of scholar-athlete honorees. There are now four teams, one apiece lauding NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.