Hailey Giaratano represents SLU on Southland All-Academic Women’s Basketball Teams

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Hailey Giaratano
(Photo by Erik Williams/Southland Communications)

HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana sophomore guard Hailey Giaratano’s excellence both athletically and academically was rewarded on Wednesday, when she was named to the 2020-21 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team in an announcement from the league office.

Giaratano, who was a second team selection, is the first SLU women’s basketball student-athlete to earn Southland All-Academic honors since former Lady Lion Taylin Underwood in the 2017-18 season. A health studies major, the Ponchatoula, Louisiana native carries a 3.88 cumulative grade point average, is a member of the SLU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and one of the team’s three team captains.

“Hailey is a complete student-athlete and very deserving of this honor,” Southeastern head coach Ayla Guzzardo commented. “On and off the court, Hailey works hard and dedicates herself to success.”

Giaratano was a key part of the program’s first winning record (11-8, 10-5 Southland) since 2008-09 and the highest-ever finish in the Southland Conference standings (2nd). In her first year as a starter, she earned third team All-Southland Conference honors.

Giaratano ranked among the Southland leaders in scoring (11.2 ppg, 16th), field goal percentage (47.0, 11th), three-point field goal percentage (39.1, 7th), three-point field goals per game (1.4, 10th), assists (2.1, 22nd), blocks (0.6, 18th) and minutes played (31.6, 7th).

“Hailey put in a lot of extra time to become a better player this season,” Guzzardo said. “If you tell her she can’t do something, she’s going to put in the extra effort to prove you wrong. Hailey’s versatility and ability to play every position was a huge key for us this year.”

Stephen F. Austin’s Stephanie Visscher was named the league’s Student-Athlete of the Year and was joined on the first team by Central Arkansas’ Lucy Ibeh, Lamar’s Micaela Wilson, Sam Houston State’s Amber Leggett and Anna McLeod of Abilene Christian.

Giaratano was joined on the second team by ACU’s Alyssa Adams, Nicholls’ Adrian Mann, as well as the Houston Baptist duo of Timia Jefferson and Julija Vujakovic.

2020-21 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Teams

Student-Athlete of the Year: Stephanie Visscher, Stephen F. Austin

First Team
Name – School – Cl. – GPA – Major
Lucy Ibeh – Central Arkansas – Jr. – 4.0 – Family and Consumer Science
Micaela Wilson – Lamar – Jr. – 3.23 – General Studies
Amber Leggett – Sam Houston – Jr. – 3.49 – Cybersecurity
Stephanie Visscher – Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – 4.0 – International Business
Anna McLeod – Abilene Christian – Sr. – 4.0 – Communication Disorders

Second Team
Name – School – Cl. – GPA – Major
Hailey Giaratano – Southeastern Louisiana – So. – 3.88 – Health Sciences
Alyssa Adams – Abilene Christian – Sr. – 3.61 – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Timia Jefferson – Houston Baptist – So. – 3.44 – Psychology
Julija Vujakovic – Houston Baptist – Jr. – 3.97 – Psychology
Adrian Mann – Nicholls – Jr. – 3.83 – Human Performance Education

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