MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior forward Maddie Bledsoe of the Wesleyan women's basketball team and junior guard Jordan Bonner of the men's basketball team have been named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® First Team selections for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, with first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in March.
Bledsoe had a breakout senior campaign for the Cardinals. A neuroscience and behavior major, she owns a 3.62 GPA while also excelling on the court. She leads the NESCAC in rebounding by a significant margin and finished the year averaging a double-double with 10.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. She also averaged 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game and was named the NESCAC Player of the Week three times. Bledsoe recorded eight double-doubles this season and recorded double-digit rebounds in 15 of the team's 25 games. She also recorded 21 rebounds in a game twice. The Newton, Mass. native played a pivotal role in the team's 17-8 season in which they reached the NESCAC Semifinals as the No. 5 seed.
Bonner is enjoying an incredible junior season in which he has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week twice. A psychology major with a 3.58 GPA, Bonner leads the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game, which also ranks ninth-best in the NESCAC. He currently leads the league in free-throw shooting with a mark of 84.5-percent, and his 59 three-pointers are fifth-most in the conference. Bonner helped guide the Cardinals to their second NESCAC Final appearance in program history and their third NCAA Tournament in the past four seasons. Wesleyan earned an at-large bid for the second year in a row with a 21-6 overall record—the team's 21 wins are a program record. The Cardinals will host first- and second-round games this Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, and will face Southern Vermont on Friday at 7:30 p.m.