Balerio receives CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition



Missouri State women’s basketball junior point guard Tahnee Balerio has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII Second Team, released Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Balerio holds a 3.88 grade-point average in private and commercial recreation and has served as the Lady Bears’ offensive catalyst all season long. Balerio currently leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring with an 18.1 point per game average and her 4.8 assist per game mark ranks third in the league. She has scored in double figures in 17 of Missouri State’s 19 contests so far in 2006-07 and has led the Lady Bears in scoring 12 times.

The Buhler, Kan., native picked up MVC Player of the Week and Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors after posting a Valley season-high 39-point effort in the Lady Bears’ 71-56 victory over Oregon (Dec. 16). She is currently the only MVC player to record multiple 30-point games this season.

Balerio received 2006 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honorable mention after averaging 8.2 points and 3.3 assists per contest in helping the Lady Bears capture the State Farm MVC Tournament title and 13th NCAA Tournament bid in school history.

A career 81.9 percent free throw shooter, Balerio ranks eighth on MSU’s career free throw percentage list. She also ranks ninth among the Lady Bears’ career leaders in three-point field goals (71) and three-point field goal attempts (240).

Missouri State returns home this evening (Feb. 8) to open a two-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. contest against Indiana State. The Lady Bears will also welcome the MVC co-leading Illinois State Redbirds to Hammons Student Center on Saturday, Feb. 10, for a 2:05 p.m. match-up that will be televised by Mediacom live in Springfield on MCC channel 14.



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