Bodley Grad Garners Liberty League All-Academic honors At William Smith College

Six members of the William Smith College basketball team earned a spot on the 2011-12 Liberty League All-Academic Team.

Among the representatives from the Herons was senior forward Kristen Kush (G. Ray Bodley/Fulton).

To be eligible, student-athletes must have a full year of attendance at their institution and carry at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.

A 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-American, Kush is making her third consecutive appearance on the league’s all-academic team. She missed the first nine games of the season rehabbing a knee injury, but returned for conference play and averaged 9.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg.

Kush scored a season-high 16 points against Liberty League regular season champion St. Lawrence and capped her career with an 11-point, 14-rebound performance at Liberty League tournament champion Vassar.

A three-time All-Liberty League selection, Kush is just the 10th Heron to compile 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Her 1,163 points and 529 rebounds both rank 12th on the all-time lists.

Kush also ranks among the top 10 in William Smith history in career field goals made (7th, 495), career field goal percentage (8th, .459), and career scoring average (9th, 12.6).

A chemistry major with a double minor in psychology and health professions, Kush will begin a two-year term with Teach for America following graduation.

She has been placed in the Greater Newark, N.J., area as a high school chemistry teacher.

William Smith finished the regular season with a 13-12 record. The Herons tied for fourth place in the Liberty League with a 9-7 mark, but missed the conference tournament by virtue of the league’s tie-breaker.