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Feb. 8, 2007

Minneapolis – Stephanie Blanton, a senior guard/forward on the No. 4/5 Ohio State women’s basketball team, was named to the 2007 CoSIDA Academic All-District third team Thursday.

A health sciences major with a 3.2 grade-point average, Blanton is part of a senior class that has posted a 101-19 record (.842) in its three-plus seasons with the Scarlet and Gray. Blanton has missed playing time in parts of the last two seasons because of injury, but has been a major contributor to Ohio State’s Big Ten titles in 2005 and 2006 and to the Buckeyes’ No. 4/5 ranking in 2007.

Blanton has seen action in 18 games this season and 112 in her career. She has started 22 games in her career, including all five postseason contests in 2005. This year, Blanton ranks third on the team in 3-point shooting, connecting at a .346 percentage.

Blanton and the Buckeyes face Minnesota at 8 p.m. tonight in Minneapolis.

2007 CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Winners – University Division

FIRST TEAM
Chrissy Givens MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY IV Gr. Monroe, La. 3.89, 1st semester grad Criminal Justice
Candace Parker TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF (Women’s Athletics) IV So. Naperville, IL 3.29 Sport Management
Carrie Moore WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Lathrup Village, Mich. 3.79 Journalism
Caroline Williams VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Rockmart, Ga. 3.60 Human & Organizational Development
Sarah VanMetre EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Noblesville, Ind. 3.90 Journalism
Nicky Anosike TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF (Women’s Athletics) IV Jr. Staten Island, NY 3.76 Soc.&Crim.Justice;Polit.Sci.;LegalStudy

SECOND TEAM
Sidney Spencer TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF (Women’s Athletics) IV Sr. Hoover, AL 3.75 Sport Management
Victoria Lucas-Perry MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Flint, Mich. 3.60 Finance
Kristin Peoples KENT STATE UNIVERSITY IV Gr. Westerville, Ohio 3.94, 3.93 (grad) Community Health
Whitney Lewis WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY IV Jr. Lynchburg, OH 4.00 Psychology

THIRD TEAM
Stephanie Blanton OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Lancaster, Ohio 3.2 Health Sciences
Ali Mann BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Chelsea, Mich. 3.49 Supply chain management
Lauren Kohn OHIO UNIVERSITY IV Jr. Adrian, Mich. 3.83 Communication-Public Advocacy
Carly Ormerod KENTUCKY, UNIVERSITY OF IV So. Louisville, Ky. 3.63 Biology
Amber Guffey MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY IV So. Albany, Ky. 3.95 Physical Education & Health
Nicole Piggott OAKLAND UNIVERSITY IV Sr. Pewamo, Mich. 3.95 Clinical Lab Science