The Youngstown State women’s basketball team’s trio of Sarah Cash, Mary Dunn and Melinda Trimmer has been voted to the Horizon League Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Thursday.
The honor at the league level comes a week after the same group was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District teams.
This is the first time that the Penguins have had three Horizon League All-Academic Team selections in the same season, and it’s just the second time that they have had multiple. Heidi Schlegel and Liz Hornberger were both All-Academic Team picks in 2013-14.
Cash holds YSU’s career record for games played with 131, and she is on pace to set the program record for career field-goal percentage as well. She was a Second-Team Academic All-District selection as a fifth-year senior working on her master’s degree in professional communication. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering last spring.
Dunn was a First-Team Academic All-District pick as a double-major in communications and sociology, and she was also an academic all-league selection in 2017-18. The junior is a two-time Horizon League Player of the Week in 2018-19, and she ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 13.3 points per game. She is shooting a league-best 61.7 percent from the field against conference opponents.
Trimmer is a Second-Team Academic All-District honoree who is having her best season as a senior. She leads the Horizon League and ranks 31st in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio, and ranks second in the conference with 4.1 assists per game. Over the last eight games, Trimmer leads the Penguins with seven games scoring in double figures.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Horizon League All-Academic consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale), have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits, and participate in 50 percent of the team’s overall contests.