This award has been given out since the tournament began in 1988, honoring one scholar-athlete from one of the competing schools who has excelled in both academics and athletics.
Walker, a junior at Wagner College, averaged 10.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the 2001-2002 season. The education major and journalism minor has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.81 while being named the 2001 NEC Rookie of the Year and earning a spot on the 2002 NEC All-Academic Team.
Walker is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as on Wagner’s Captain’s Council. She assists with the operations of the annual Special Olympics events at Wagner and volunteers at Youth Day clinics held during the year.
The criteria for the award requires that the student-athlete meet a minimum grade point average of 3.0, maintain a balance of academic achievement and athletic experience as well as showing leadership both on and off the court. A $1,000 donation will be made by Coca-Cola to Wagner’s general scholarship fund in Walker’s name.
Northwestern (0-2) will play Richmond (1-0) in the first round of the RU Coca-Cola Classic on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12:00 p.m. That game will be immediately followed by Rutgers (1-1) and Wagner (0-1). The consolation game will be contested Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12:00 p.m., followed by the championship game.
Winners of the Rutgers/ Coca-Cola Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence:
2002-03 Carrie Walker, Wagner College
2000-01 Heather Burroughs, Vermont
Katie Nyseth, Washington State
1999-00 Christina Fowler, Rutgers
1998-99 Catherine Jacob, Buffalo
1997-98 Cory Hewitt, Loyola
1996-97 Lori Taylor, Vermont
1995-96 Amy Reynders, Rutgers
1992-93 Kerry Boyatt-Hall, Clemson
1991-92 Kari Parriott, Long Beach State
1990-91 Amber Nicholas, Arkansas
1989-90 Suzanne Cooper, Rutgers
1988-89 Sara White, Wake Forest