Walnut Creek, Calif. ?- Arizona senior Linda Pace, juniors Jessica Arnold and Shannon Hobson, and sophomore Kelsey Burns each received Pac-10 Women’s Basketball All-Academic honorable mention honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Friday. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Pace, from San Diego, Calif., earns honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season. The 5-foot-9 guard started the final nine games of the season, helping the Wildcats to four wins over that span. As a starter, Pace averaged 3.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 21.6 minutes per game. Pace is set to graduate in May with a degree in accounting and boasts a 3.0 grade point average.
Arnold, from Tucson, Ariz., earns the second honorable mention honor of career. Arnold started 20 of the 31 games she played in this season and averaged 7.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 21.2 minutes per game. The 5-foot-4 guard led the team in scoring on two different occasions, shot 76.3 percent (45-59) from the free throw line, and was second on the team with 31 three point field goals made. Arnold owns a 3.1 GPA and is majoring in business.
Hobson, a Perris, Calif., native earns Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the first time in her career. The 6-foot-2 forward played in all 32 games this season for the Wildcats, making 19 starts. She averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting a team-high 46.7 percent (49-105) from the field. Hobson, who graduated from the UA last December with a degree in psychology, is currently continuing her education as a graduate student.
Burns, from Seattle, receives the first honorable mention honors of her career. The 5-foot-11 guard made 15 appearances this season, averaging 7.3 minutes per contest. She posted a season-high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-5 mark from three point range to go with two rebounds in a season-best 20 minutes of action against Stanford on Jan. 25 in McKale Center. Burns owns a 3.1 GPA as a psychology major.