Ruoff, Repella Earn Academic Honors

West Virginia University men's basketball senior Alex Ruoff and women's basketball sophomore Liz Repella have been named to the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II basketball first teams as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

It is the third straight year Ruoff has earned district first-team honors. Last year, Ruoff earned third-team Academic All-America honors, one of 15 men's basketball student-athletes to earn national honors.

A history major with a 3.79 GPA, Ruoff is second on the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game. For his career, Ruoff has made 225 3-point field goals, dished out 370 assists and has 174 steals.

Along with Ruoff, Jason Duty of Duquesne, Marquis Hall of Lehigh, Yves Mekongo Mbala of La Salle and Danny Morrissey of Penn State earned all-district first-team honors. Ruoff is the only Big East men's basketball student-athlete named to any of the eight district teams.

A Steubenville, Ohio, native, Repella boasts a 3.95 GPA in exercise physiology and leads the Mountaineers in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (7.8). She has reached double figure scoring in 19 of 21 games so far this season, including five 20-point efforts with seven double-doubles.

Along with Repella, Jennifer Bender (Monmouth), Maria Getty (Villanova), Joyce Novacek (Bucknell) and Morgan Robertson (La Salle) were named to the CoSIDA All-District II First Team. Repella is one of just four BIG EAST student-athletes named to the first team in any of the eight districts (Getty, Maya Moore/Connecticut, Jill Stephens/Cincinnati). Ruoff, a native of Spring Hill, Fla., and Repella are now candidates for Academic All-America honors.

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