By: Jill Wunrow @JillWunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Before beginning her professional career overseas, former Green Bay women's basketball standout Julie Wojta (Francis Creek, Wis.) picked up one final award earned during her collegiate career as she was awarded the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor by the Horizon League. Wojta is the sixth student-athlete in Green Bay Athletics' history to earn the Coleman Medal of Honor and fourth women's basketball player.
Wojta became the first player in the history of Green Bay women's basketball to be drafted by the WNBA. Wojta was the 18th overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round of the 2012 WNBA Draft held April 16. The Horizon League Player of the Year also became the first player in Phoenix history to be named an AP Second Team All-American since joining Division I, a John Wooden All-American, Naismith Finalist and Wade watch Finalist.
While posting a Division I program-best 35 double doubles throughout her career, Wojta is third on Green Bay's Division I scoring list with 1,638 points and second with 843 career rebounds. Wojta also set a program record grabbing 12 steals Jan. 7 at Milwaukee before picking 10 steals in Green Bay's NCAA Tournament second round game against Kentucky. Wojta and classmates Hannah Quilling (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Katie Bushman (Phillips, Wis.) make up the winningest class in program history, tallying 122 victories.
In the classroom, Wojta maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average throughout her senior campaign and was a Capital One Second Team Academic All-America selection and CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 selection. Graduating with honors, Wojta was a Chancellor's Leadership Medallion recipient and Horizon League winter and fall Academic All-League selection.
The Horizon League's highest individual honor, the Coleman Award is presented annually to the League's top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Candidates must be seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and were participants on the varsity level in a League-sponsored sport. In addition, nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or its equivalent.
Other Green Bay Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor recipients include:
1999 - Chari Nordgaard (Basketball)
2003 - Kristy Loiselle (Basketball)
2004 - Janelle Tomlinson (Volleyball)
2009 - Rochelle Meulemans (Volleyball)
2011 - Kayla Tetschlag (Basketball)
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