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Heggemann, Teixeira Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

March 22, 2016

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday afternoon that 111 Division I Women’s Basketball student-athletes have been named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Stephens College was well represented as seniors Dana Heggemann and Bridget Teixeira received the prestigious distinction.

Culver-Stockton (Mo.) led all institutions with eight individuals on the list, while William Woods led the way for the American Midwest Conference with three. Stephens joined AMC schools Columbia, Freed-Hardeman, Missouri Baptist and Williams Baptist with two selections apiece.

This is the second year in a row that Dana Heggemann has received the award and adds to the long list of academic and athletic achievements for the Warrenton, Missouri native. Most recently, Heggemann was named AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention and was one of 10 Stars on the Academic All-Conference list. She carries a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average in the rigorous Biology program.

Bridget Teixeira, a junior college transfer from Reedley College, was in her first year of eligibility for the award. The two-sport student-athlete was also named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for soccer in December. Teixeira currently serves as President for the athletics department’s student-athlete advisory committee, Association of Student-Athletes (ASA). She carries a 3.50 cumulative GPA in Psychology.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be a junior academically, and be in his/her second year of attendance at the institution.

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