Ferris State's Rachel McInerney Named To Academic All-District First Team


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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior center Rachel McInerney (Saginaw/Nouvel), who has led the Bulldog women's basketball squad to the program's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) postseason tournament appearance in five years, has been named to the 2018 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team.

The 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's and Women's Basketball Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

McInerney was joined by a pair of Ashland seniors in Laina Snyder and Andi Daugherty along with Eagle sophomore Jodi Johnson on the District Four team, which consists of six honorees in total.

To be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

As a First-team Academic All-District honoree, McInerney will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in March.

The Academic All-District teams include the nation's top student-athletes for men's basketball and women's basketball, and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

The Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.

A two-time All-GLIAC honoree, McInerney led the GLIAC in rebounding this season at nearly 10 boards per contest and also ranked among the conference's top five scorers at 17 points per game during regular-season action. The three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team pick has started all 28 games for FSU and notched 24 double-figure scoring games to date.

In her collegiate career, the senior standout has currently netted 1,385 career points along with 758 rebounds, 156 blocks and 150 assists. She ranks among the school's top all-time career standouts in both rebounds and blocked shots.

McInerney and the Bulldogs will be the number seven seed for the GLIAC Tournament and visit second-seeded Michigan Tech on Wednesday (Feb. 28) evening for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) quarterfinal-round game in Houghton.