Four members of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team were named to the 2023-24 Mid-American Conference Academic All-MAC teams for excelling in both athletics and academics. The honorees include Kyndal Lewis, Tayra Eke, Dara Capaldi, and Ashley Hassett, among 53 student-athletes across the MAC receiving this distinction.

By the Numbers
  • Northern Illinois University led with nine student-athletes on the team.
  • University of Toledo and Ball State University had seven honorees each.
  • Kent State University had six student-athletes represented.
Yes, But

The Academic All-MAC honor requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and participation in at least 50% of contests for the sport, raising the bar for qualification.

State of Play
  • A total of 53 student-athletes across the MAC earned the Academic All-MAC distinction.
  • Ohio's Peyton Guice achieved a perfect 4.00 GPA in AYA Integrated Mathematics.
  • Toledo had seven student-athletes on the team, with Sammi Mikonowicz boasting a 4.00 GPA in Early Childhood Education.
What's Next

The recognition highlights the student-athletes' dedication to academic excellence alongside their athletic achievements, setting a standard for future honorees and emphasizing the importance of balancing academics and sports.

Bottom Line

The Academic All-MAC honor recognizes student-athletes who excel in both sports and academics, demonstrating the commitment to balance and excellence these individuals embody, inspiring others to prioritize academic success alongside their athletic endeavors.