HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Whitney Woodward has been named Second-Team Academic All-Southland Conference after making 19 starts a season ago and checking in as one of only nine Bearkat athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Woodward, who recently completed her sophomore season, was one of 10 players named to the second team, the league office announced Wednesday. The Pflugerville, Texas, native recorded the game-tying assist in an eventual 3-2 win against Lamar on Oct. 2.

“On the field, she was in an important place this year, trying to help coach that group in front of her,” head coach Tom Brown said. “I think she took on a lot of on-the-field responsibility with that. Off the field, she’s definitely one of our leaders working with SAAC and making sure the team is doing the things they are supposed to do.”

The health sciences major, who is a junior academically, continued her perfect GPA in the spring, posting a 4.0 while taking 17 hours. As a team, the Kats boasts an impressive 3.23 GPA.

“She sets a very high standard for herself academically,” Brown said. “She spends a lot of time preparing. I don’t think those grades come easily. She studies and earns the grades she receives.”

The Hendrickson High School product has played a significant role since joining the program. As a freshman, Woodward playing in 19 matches, helping lead a back line that ranked second in the league with 0.83 goals allowed per match alongside nine shutouts.

Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.