Local player at Biola honored for academics, athletics

Redlands native Jessilyn Conicelli of Biola University has been named a 2010-11 Second-Team Capital One Women’s Basketball Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Conicelli, a senior forward with a 3.96 grade-point average, has been honored for both her work in the classroom and on the court. She is one of 15 student-athletes chosen in the College Division which represents schools in the NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.

She is averaging 17.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and has recorded 13 straight double-doubles to give her 23 on the season. Conicelli ranks in the top five in the NAIA in five different categories including ranking second in total rebounds (358), third in rebounds per game (12.3) and 10th in total scoring (516).

In her Biola career, Concicelli has scored 1,532 points and added 1,093 rebounds, becoming one of just three players in the program’s history to reach 1,000 in both categories. She is currently fifth on the all-time scoring list at Biola and third on the rebounding list.