Friday, June 19, 2009
Success on the floor and in the classroom has been the distinguishing trademark of Shaneka Bates throughout her basketball career at UWG.
That winning combination has earned Bates a prestigious NCAA award, the Division II Degree Completion Award.
A native of Heflin, AL, Bates has a 3.36 grade point average and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. She is a two-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll and was named a member of the All-Academic Gulf South Conference Team this past spring.
In the past two years, Bates played as a starter and contributor on teams that won 47 games while maintaining a record of academic excellence.
“Shaneka is an ideal candidate for this award,” said UWG basketball coach Craig Roden. “She is a great ambassador for West Georgia and she will continue to be a great ambassador for this university for years to come.”