Four MAC Players Named to 1998-99 GTE Academic All-America Team

Updated 3/18/1999
TOLEDO, Ohio (Mar. 18) -- Four Mid-American Conference women’s basketball players were named to the 1998-99 GTE Academic All-America team.

Marshall’s Kristina Behnfeldt earned first team GTE Academic All-America honors. Behnfeldt, a senior forward, finished the season as the MAC’s second-leading scorer (23.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.4 rpg). She is the all-time leading rebounder in school history with 1,101 boards and is ranked second all-time in scoring with 2,117 points. She is the only player in school history (male or female) with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Behnfeldt, who earned third team GTE Academic All-American honors last season, carries a 3.83 grade-point average in marketing.

Toledo’s Kim Knuth and Ball State’s Amy Kieckbusch earned second team GTE Academic All-America accolades. Knuth, the two-time MAC Player of the Year and a three-time first team All-MAC honoree, led the MAC in scoring with 788 points in 1998-99. Her 788 points ranks her third in the nation in scoring and is a MAC single-season record. She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in MAC history (men’s or women’s) with 2,509 points. She was named first-team Academic All-District IV honors in 1997-98 and 1998-99. Knuth holds a 3.38 grade-point average in chemical engineering.

Kieckbusch, a senior center, averaged 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Cardinals. The second-team All-MAC honoree ranked among the national leaders and led the MAC in field-goal percentage (.622). She started 25 of 26 games, averaging 36.2 minutes. She scored in double figures 23 of 26 games and scored 20-plus points 14 times this season. She is a graduate student with a 3.78 GPA in psychology, after earning her undergraduate degree in psychology (had a 3.71 GPA) last May.

Bowling Green’s Jacki Raterman earned third team GTE Academic All-America honors. Raterman carries a 3.66 grade-point average in mathematics. The senior forward finished the season as BG’s leading scorer (20.8 ppg) and was ranked third in the MAC. In addition, Raterman led the team in rebounding with 215 boards (8.0 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.597). She earned first team All-MAC honors this season. In addition, Raterman is the President of BGSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She is BG’s female representative to the MAC’s SAAC, and is the MAC’s representative to the national committee. Raterman is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa (national honor societies).