WKU Softball’s Carter named to 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team


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WKU outfielder, Paige Carter (26) led the game off with a homerun during the game against Kentucky on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

Grad student Paige Carter became the 14th College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District selection in WKU Softball program history on Thursday, earning a spot on the Academic All-District II Team.

District II consists of all FCS and FBS programs in Kentucky, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. All-District nominees must be a starter or a major contributor to their teams while maintaining a 3.3 GPA or higher.

The Crown Point, Indiana native completed her undergraduate degree in sport management with a 3.83 GPA and earned her graduate degree in recreation and sports administration with a GPA of 3.90. Carter earned a spot on the 2021 C-USA Softball All-Academic Team, made the 2021 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and C-USA Academic Medal lists and landed on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll while spending the spring semester on both the WKU President’s and Dean’s Lists.

Carter started in all 47 of the Hilltoppers’ games in 2021, leading the team in batting average (.365), runs (48), hits (57), doubles (19), total bases (115), slugging (.737),walks (31), on-base percentage (.468) and sac flies (2). Her 19 doubles set a new single-season program record.

The All-District honor qualifies Carter for the All-America ballot, set to be announced later in the summer. The last two WKU CoSIDA Academic All-Americans were Kristalyn Smith (2002) and Shannon Smith (2010).

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