Cobber senior Melanie Hageman earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors.

Academic All-American!

Courtesy of, Release: February 27, 2008

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/27/08)-- Concordia senior women's basketball player Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) were named to the prestigious ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced on Wednesday.

She becomes the first Concordia women's basketball player to earn Academic All-American honors in program history. Hageman is the second Concordia athlete to earn the top athletic/academic award this year. Cobber football player Grant Weller was named to the Academic All-American team in the fall. Hageman is the 17th overall athlete to earn Academic All-American honors at Concordia.

Hageman was the only women's player from the MIAC to earn Academic All-American honors.

Academically, Hageman carries a 3.79 grade point average and is majoring in Biology. The honor is given to athletes in the College Division of the Academic All-American award. The College Division includes players from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana schools. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to be nominated. Student-athletes must have a grade-point average above 3.20 (4.0 scale) and have outstanding athletic credentials. College sports information directors in the district vote for the teams.

Hageman was named to the All-West Region Second Team the past two seasons and is a two-time MIAC All-Conference First Team selection.

She led the team in scoring in 2007-08 with a 16.9 points per game average. She also led the team in rebounding by averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. Hageman finished the season with six double-doubles on the year and scored at least 20 points in eight games.

Hageman finished her four years with 1,625 points and 690 rebounds. She is fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list and eighth on the rebounding chart. She was the 10th player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.

In 2007-08, Hageman has scored in double figures in all but one of the team's 20 games. She has scored at least 20 points in six games and had a season-high 27 points against St. Kate's on Dec. 8. She was also named the MIAC Player of the Week on Jan. 15.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program is administered by CoSIDA a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Academic All-America program annually honors over 1600 student-athletes who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom.