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Point Park women's basketball gets three NAIA Scholar-Athletes

March 15, 2011

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NAIA DII WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

PITTSBURGH -- The NAIA announced Monday its listing of NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Scholar Athletes, and Point Park University had three of its players make the grade.

Point Park seniors Ashley Henderson (Greensburg, Pa.) and Heather Swedish (Sewickley, Pa.) join junior Kristen Veseleny (Pleasant Hills, Pa.) as NAIA Scholar-Athletes this year. It is the second year in a row that the Point Park women have three players honored.

The NAIA Scholar-Athlete award is the highest academic honor given out by the NAIA. It is for juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Henderson, a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School, is an NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row. She has a 3.94 GPA as an advertising and public relations major. The senior guard who led the Pioneers with a career-high 17.3 ppg this year was named Capital One Academic All-District by CoSIDA earlier this year.

Swedish, a graduate of Avonworth High School, is a rare, three-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete awardee as she has received the award in each of the last three years. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors, she was able to get the award when she was a sophomore basketball player because she was a junior academically at the time.

Swedish is a secondary math education major with a 3.58 GPA. Her senior season was cut short after only six games due to a knee injury. Swedish, a guard, ranks fifth in school history with 110 career 3-pointers made.

Veseleny, a junior forward is an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in the first year that she is eligible. The Thomas Jefferson High School graduate has a 3.57 GPA as a Digital Media major. This past season was Veseleny's second year as a starter. She averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, the latter of which ranked third on the team.