BALTIMORE, MD – Senior guard Lexie Scholtz of the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team has been named a First Team Academic All-American as the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic-America teams were released today. Scholtz becomes the first player in team history to be named to the first team and she is just the second player in program history to be named an Academic All-American, joining Kathy Darling who was a second team Academic All-American in 2003.
Fifteen student-athletes were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America teams which boast a combined average GPA of 3.88. The first team has an average GPA of 3.97 and five of the 15 women on the team boast a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Last season Scholtz was named to the Academic All-District team and this year she became the first Blue Jay women's basketball player to earn multiple Academic All-District honors. She was also named the Centennial Conference's Women's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year as she boasted the highest GPA out of any junior or senior on the all-conference team. Scholtz was named to the first team for the first time in her career.
Scholtz, who has started every game for the Blue Jays the last three seasons, boasts a 3.96 GPA as a biomedical engineering major. She is a member of the Engineering, National Biomedical Engineering and National College Athlete Honor Societies and she spent time researching hippocampal segmentation and has researched sex chromosomes read count discrepancies. She spent the summer of 2017 working in the Armani Lab at the University of Southern California where she helped develop a low-cost, portable, point-of-care optical diagnostic system for third world countries. The South Pasadena, CA native also designed an embedded system to interface with the user, control hardware, collect measurements, analyze data and report the test results to the user. She is a founding member of EXOrise LLC which worked on developing a powered knee brace to assist nurses in lifting patients in order to aid patient sit-to-stand transfer and reduce back injuries to nurses. Scholtz has served as an engineering design mentor at local Baltimore middle schools and spent time volunteering as a tutor and youth basketball coach.
On the court, the senior became the first player in team history to score over 900 points while dishing out over 300 assists and pulling down more than 500 rebounds. She completed her career with 970 points, 331 assists and 607 rebounds. She was second on the team in scoring this season, averaging a career-best 12.7 points a game and was also second in rebounding with 7.1 boards a game. This season was one for the record books for Scholtz and the rest of her team as the Blue Jays went 23-5 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The team also won a program-best 18 Centennial Conference games this season.
Scholtz Named First Team Academic All-American