Feb. 1, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second season in a row, Tennessee's Taber Spani has been selected as a member of the five-player Capital One Academic All-District 3 First Team for women's basketball, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Friday.
Spani, a 6-foot-1 senior guard/forward from Lee's Summit, Mo., has been an Academic All-District 3 First Team selection twice and was a second-team All-District 4 pick as a sophomore. As a first-team choice, she is a candidate for Capital One Academic All-America distinction.
Also a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12), Spani completed her undergraduate degree in communication studies in three years with a 3.92 grade point average. She now is pursuing her master's in kinesiology with concentration in sports psychology and motor behavior and produced a 4.00 GPA during the fall semester.
Coming off the bench for ninth-ranked Tennessee in the pre-conference schedule, injuries to teammates opened the door for Spani to move into the starting lineup. In eight SEC games since then, she has averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 32.2 minutes of action per contest. She has scored in double figures in seven of those eight games, knocking down a career-high 24 points in a road win over Vanderbilt on Jan. 24.
Spani is averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in all games, shooting 42.2% from the field, 32.9% from three-point range and 86.8% from the free throw line. In league play, she is hitting 49.4% of her tries from the field, 37.5% of threes and 100% (16 of 16) from the free throw line.
The next basketball test for Spani and the Lady Vols comes on Sunday, as Tennessee (17-4, 8-0 SEC) travels to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers (14-8, 3-5 SEC) in a 1 p.m. Central (2 ET) contest at Mizzou Arena. CSS will have the telecast, with ESPN3 carrying the game online.