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Western Illinois Student-Athletes Honored by Provost, Summit League

Western Illinois University and The Summit League both honored Leatherneck student-athletes this week for their accomplishments in the classroom.

The Summit League announced its Fall Academic Honor Roll and list of Distinguished Scholars, which saw 54 and 28 Leathernecks honored, respectively. Western Illinois' 54 Honor Roll recipients were third-most in The Summit League, while the 28 student-athletes to be given the Distinguished Scholar honor were fourth-most in the conference.

To be eligible for The Summit League Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 GPA. Meanwhile, to be eligible for Distinguished Scholar, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.60 GPA.

During halftime of the Leathernecks 79-61 win over South Dakota (Jan. 23), 55 Western Illinois student-athletes received the Provost Award. The Provost Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award is presented to those with a minimum 3.50 GPA after attending Western Illinois for one year.

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Head Coach Jim Molinari Earns Career Win #300

Coach MoWestern Illinois head coach Jim Molinari picked up his 300th career victory Thursday evening (Jan. 23) inside Western Hall, downing the South Dakota Coyotes by 18 points, 79-61.

"First off, when I first came into coaching, I surrendered my coaching career to the Lord and he has blessed me," said coach Molinari. "Even when I haven't always handled it in a way that would honor Him, He would always put me with great people. Whether it be at DePaul as an assistant, or Minnesota as an assistant, or at Northern Illinois as a head coach, and Bradley as a head coach and now at Western as a head coach. I just praise Him and thank Him for giving me the opportunity to support my family by doing something I love. I love Western and I love our leadership."

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Rebecca Henricson Named to Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List

Rebecca Henricson

Rebecca Henricson was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced.

The award recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I women's basketball.

Henricson is one of 29 point guards nationally to be named to the watch list. She is the only Summit League representative and one of just nine mid-major honorees.

This season, Henricson ranks third in the nation with a 3.67 assist-to-turnover ratio and also ranks in the top 50 in the country in assists per game (35th - 5.5) and steals per game (46th - 2.6).

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Leatherneck Baseball Set to Host Second Annual Lead Off Dinner

Baseball Lead Off DinnerWestern Illinois Fighting Leatherneck baseball will hold its second annual Lead Off Dinner on February 9 at the Forum in Macomb. The preseason banquet will kick off the 2014 season, which officially begins on February 20 in Thibodaux, La. as the Leathernecks compete in the Nicholls State Tournament.

"I am excited to announce our Second Annual Lead Off Dinner," said head coach Ryan Brownlee. "Last year's event was a huge success. The event created a lot of pride in our program. It is a memorable experience for our team, parents and fans. It is also a great event for fans of memorabilia. We have some tremendous items this year."

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Men's Basketball Alumni Event Scheduled for Feb. 15

The Western Illinois men's basketball program will hold its annual alumni event on Saturday, February 15th.

The evening will start at 5 p.m. with a facilities tour of Western Hall, followed by a pre-game social at 5:30 in the Hall of Fame room. A buffet dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the East Arena of Western Hall.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. between the Fighting Leathernecks and Summit League foe South Dakota State, and attendees will be recognized on the court at halftime of the game.

A post-game social will take place following the game (approximately 9 p.m.) at Sports Corner, located in downtown Macomb.

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Women's Basketball Holding Alumni Event February 22

Western Illinois women's basketball will be holding an alumni event in conjunction with its game versus South Dakota on Saturday, February 22.

The event will begin at 3 p.m., with participants meeting in the Hall of Fame room in Western Hall for a pre-game social, followed by a tour of the facilities.

The women's basketball contest then begins at 4:30 inside Western Hall, and attendees will be recognized on the court at halftime.

Following the games, alumni are invited to a post-game social at Sports Corner. To register for the event, contact Assistant Athletics Director Michael Jones at (309) 298-1190 or

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