Courtesy of South Dakota Athletics and North Dakota State Athletics
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Thursday three Summit League women's basketball standouts were honored by CoSIDA for their achievements on the court and in the classroom. The University of South Dakota's Allison Arens and Ciara Duffy as well as North Dakota State's Michelle Gaislerova were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Six Women's Basketball First Team.
Arens, a senior from Crofton, Nebraska, Arens earns Academic All-District for the second time of her career with the first accolade in 2017. Arens is a two-time all-Summit League first team guard and was a semifinalist for the Senior CLASS Award. She became the fourth Coyote to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in her career earlier this season. Arens holds five USD program records for free throws and is five points shy of cracking USD's top-10 for career scoring. She's averaging 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. Arens has 16 double-figure games with four past 20 points this season.
Arens boasts a 3.86 grade-point average as an elementary education major. She plans to spend the 2019-20 academic year student teaching.
Duffy, a junior from Rapid City, South Dakota, became USD's first women's basketball Academic All-American at the Division I level last season. She also earned a spot on the All-Summit League first team. Duffy is averaging 15 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game to pace the Coyotes. She's had 18 double-figure games this season with seven past 20 points. Duffy became the 26th Coyote to score 1,000 points back in January is steadily climbing USD's career scoring charts.
Duffy carries a perfect 4.00 grade-point average and will graduate with her bachelor's degree in political science this May. She plans to begin her master's degree in history at USD in the fall.
This marks the first time since 2003 that South Dakota's had two representatives on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. South Dakota is one of four Division I teams in the nation with two selections.
Gaislerova, a sophomore from Trutnov, Czech Republic, is having a breakout year for the Bison. She leads the Bison with 15.0 points per game and averages 3.0 rebounds per game as well. She has twice made five 3-pointers in a game this season and scored a career-high 30 points at Northern Illinois earlier this year. Gaislerova ranks second in school history in single-season free throw percentage at 91.7 (44-of-48). She is already moving up the charts on single-season 3-pointers made, ranking fourth in school history with 65 this year. She also ranks 10th in minutes played per game at 34.4. Gaislerova has a 4.0 GPA and majors in Journalism.
The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. In order to be considered for Academic All-America and Academic All-District status, students must not only maintain a minimum 3.30 GPA, but must also be a starter or key reserve, competing in at least 50 percent of their school's contests.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second- and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. For more information about the Academic All-District and Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.