Four Earn Dr. Gerald Lage Award From Big 12

Feb. 28, 2017

FORT WORTH -- Four TCU student-athletes have been named recipients of the Big 12's Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the conference announced Tuesday. The TCU recipients are Courtney Forte (women's soccer), Kari Hancock (women's equestrian), Caylin Moore (football) and Ashley Smith (women's volleyball).

The award is in its seventh year and is the Big 12 Conference's highest academic honor.

Forte, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, started in all 21 games for the Frogs during the 2016 season, totaling 1,888 minutes. Forte is an early childhood education major and was also named to First Team Academic All-Big 12.

Hancock, a senior from Anchorage, Alaska, has garnered four MOP honors throughout the 2016-17 equestrian season. Hancock also leads the team in total wins with 10. She is a biochemistry major.

Moore, a native of Carson, Calif., has added to an already outstanding senior year. Moore was selected as a Rhodes Scholarship recipient in November and will study at Oxford University next fall. He was also named to the 25th-Anniversary Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was a finalist for the 2016 Big 12 Conference Sportsperson of the Year. Moore is an economics major.

Smith, a senior from League City, Texas, was a staple in the women's volleyball team for all four years. This year, Smith was named First Team Academic All-Big 12 and was also named to the AVCA All-Southwest Region team. On the court, Smith finished her career with 1,073 kills and 1,033 digs to become the fifth player in program history and first since 2009 to record over 1,000 kills and digs. She is a marketing major.

In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, which can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of the nomination.

The Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients will receive public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 8-11 at Sprint Center in Kansas City.

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