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Kleinsasser & Rudeen earn Academic All-American honors

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Northwestern's Samantha Kleinsasser has been named the Academic All-American Of The Year. Northwestern's Samantha Kleinsasser has been named the Academic All-American Of The Year.

Senior forward Samantha Kleinsasser of Northwestern (Iowa) College headlines the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men’s and  Women’s Basketball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
 
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® basketball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
 
Kleinsasser has been selected as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year award for women’s basketball teams.
 
Kleinsasser, a nursing major from Huron, S.D., has maintained a 4.00 G.P.A. Northwestern’s leader in rebounding (7.4 per game) and blocked shots (1.64 a contest), Kleinsasser has spearheaded the Red Raiders to a 22-3 record, the No. 3 ranking in NAIA Division II and a tie for second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
 
Among NAIA Division II, Kleinsasser checks in at 25th in blocked shots (41) and blocks per game and 31st in field-goal percentage (51.9 percent) and free-throw percentage (82.2 percent) in the NAIA Division II national leaders through Feb. 12. She ranks fifth in the GPAC at 16.2 points per game and second in the league in field-goal percentage and blocks per game.
 
In her career, Kleinsasser has compiled 1,258 points, 667 rebounds and 120 blocks.

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Morningside College’s Danny Rudeen, a 6-3 senior guard from Sioux City, has been named to the first team of the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men’s Basketball Team as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Rudeen has a 3.74 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in computer science. He was a third-team Academic All-American in 2012.

Rudeen is the Mustangs’ leading scorer and second leading rebounder with averages of 20.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He has made a team-high 66 3-point field goals in 139 attempts for 47.5 percent and has converted 159 of 178 free throw attempts for 89.3 percent to rank among the NAIA Division II national leaders in both 3-point field goal and free throw percentage.

He is the third leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,848 career points for a career scoring average of 15.5 points per game.

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