VERMILLION, S.D. (goyotes.com) — South Dakota sophomore guard Ciara Duffy was voted to the Academic All-America Division I Women's Basketball third team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Duffy becomes the first Coyote women's basketball player to earn the honor at the Division I level. Overall, she's the ninth player in program history and the first since 2009.
"This is an absolutely incredible honor for Ciara and one that is extremely well deserved," said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "Ciara is relentless in her pursuit of excellence, both in the classroom and on the court. She's a great person, student, player, teammate and role model. We are incredibly proud of her!"
A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Duffy earned all-Summit League first team honors and a spot on the Summit League all-tournament team. She leads the Coyotes this season with 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while dishing out 2.4 assists and tallying 1.1 steals per game. Duffy has shot 46.8 percent from the floor and 41.5 percent outside the arc.
Duffy reached double figures in 11 of 14 Summit games with a double-double in the league opener with Denver. She also scored a career-high 24 points in the Denver game. Duffy averaged a team-high 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in league play while shooting 51.7 percent.
The Coyotes completed the first undefeated Summit League slate in 24 years to capture the Summit League regular season title.
South Dakota's total across all sports increases to 46 Academic All-Americans who have combined for 57 Academic All-America honors.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League raised its RPI for the third consecutive year, finishing with an all-time best No. 11 ranking. The Summit League has sent at least three teams to the postseason nine straight years with three postseason tournament semifinal appearances the last four years, while recording the nation's best Division I winning percentage improvement since 2009-10. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships annually ranks as one of the most attended Division I conference tournaments. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.