Beck earns CoSIDA academic honors

Celeste Beck from DWU.

Celeste Beck

MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University sophomore Celeste Beck has played a big role in the Tiger women’s basketball team’s success on the court this season, but she is also having plenty of success in the classroom.

Beck, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard from Sioux Falls, S.D., earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the District 6 College Division, it was announced Friday morning. She is a biology major with a 3.8 GPA and is the only women’s basketball player from the Great Plains Athletic Conference to earn the honor.

Beck has helped guide the DWU women to a 17-8 overall record and an 8-7 mark in the GPAC so far this season. The Tigers are receiving votes in the NAIA, marking the first time the they have been in the national poll since the 2003-04 season. Beck leads the NAIA and the GPAC in three-point percentage (.505) and averages 11.5 points per game. She has hit 50 long-range shots and also averages three rebounds per game. She is third on the team with 36 steals and fourth with 55 assists.

In order to be nominated for CoSIDA honors, student-athletes must be sophomores or above with a 3.3 GPA and be a starter or important reserve for their team.

Beck and the Tigers are back at home Saturday, Feb. 2, when they host Midland University at 4 p.m. The game is DWU’s annual Pink the Palace game, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness.