Degou District Academic All-American
KEENE, N.H. 1/4/10 - Keene State didn't have a women's basketball game scheduled on Thursday, but that didn't stop Kristin Degou from accomplishing something that has never been done at the College - becoming KSC's first two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic District All-America.
Degou, a first-team selection, will now have her name placed on the national ballot. Scott Jensen, a former cross country and track standout at Keene State, earned national academic All-America honors in 2000.
Degou, a senior guard from Newburyport Mass., is just as proud of her numbers in the classroom as the ones on the court. "I just try to put the same attitude and effort into my academics as I do with basketball," said Degou, a biology major with an impressive 3.87 GPA. "The hours in the library and on the court add up. I set goals and really work hard to accomplish them. It feels great when the hard work pays off."
Keene State Head Coach Keith Boucher said he wasn't surprised to hear about Degou's honor. "Kristin goes about everything with an unbelievable passion," he said. "She has an incredible work ethic. That's why she excels in all facets of her life."
Currently completing her four-year Owl career, Degou leads the team in scoring (14.9 ppg.) and tops the Little East Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.441.). She has scored in double figures in 15 of Keene State's 19 games, netting a career-high 29 points vs. Regis College and pulling down a career-best 12 rebounds against Wisconsin-Oshkosh earlier this season. Joining the program's 1,000-point career club in a win over Goucher College, Degou has twice achieved LEC Player of the Week and Honor Roll recognition. Degou has several possible options when she graduates in May. She has
applied to a physician's assistant program and is currently one of five finalists for a sabbatical program abroad that mentors and teaches students through basketball.