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Perez
Scores
NCAS
Award
 
 12/15/2011

 ABILENE

 
Abilene
Christian
junior
student‐athlete
Cecilee
Perez
of
the
women's
 basketball
team
recently
was
recognized
as
a
second
team
honoree
for
the
2011
 Academic
Momentum
Award,
which
has
been
presented
annually
since
1995
by
The
 Scholar
Baller
Program
in
conjunction
with
the
National
Consortium
for
Academics
 and
Sports.
 

 A
total
of
49
student‐athletes
nationwide
were
chosen
for
the
award,
which
 encompasses
all
NCAA
championship
sports
in
Divisions
I,
II
and
III.
 

 Nominees
for
the
Academic
Momentum
Award
were
selected
based
on
each
 student‐athlete's
academic
improvement
and
the
impact
each
of
their
academic
 performances
had
on
his
or
her
classmates,
teammates,
academic
advisors
and
 professors.
 

 A
total
of
17
male
and
female
award
recipients
from
NCAS
partner
school
 were
selected
for
the
first
team,
16
recipients
comprised
the
second
team
and
16
 more
were
selected
to
the
third
team.
There
were
89
nominations
received
from
55
 different
colleges
and
universities.
 

 Ann
Varner,
ACU's
Director
of
Athletics
Academic
Services,
nominated
Perez
 for
displaying
significant
academic
improvement
since
the
start
of
her
first
 semester.
Perez
is
a
sociology
major
with
a
criminal
justice
emphasis.
 

 “I'm
very
proud
of
Cecilee
for
being
able
to
overcome
some
early
challenges,”
 Varner
said,
“while
maintaining
a
great,
positive
attitude
that
has
allowed
her
to
 succeed
both
on
the
court
and
in
the
classroom.”
 

 Perez
appeared
in
all
27
games
for
ACU
as
a
sophomore
in
2010‐11,
 averaging
6.9
points
and
2.4
rebounds
per
game
with
54
assists,
12
blocks
and
21
 steals.
The
year
prior
she
registered
10
minutes
per
game
for
the
Wildcats
with
a
2.7
 ppg
average.
 

 Though
seven
games
this
season
Perez
is
among
the
team's
leaders
with
13
 assists
and
four
blocks,
and
has
posted
point
and
rebound
per
game
averages
of
4.3
 and
2.9.
 

 A
former
first
team
All‐South
Texas
selection,
Perez
graduated
from
Gregory
 Portland
High
School
in
2009.
 



Cecilee Perez of Abilene Christian University Earns 2011 Academic Momentum Award