Portions of this release courtesy Omaha and South Dakota Athletics
AUSTIN, Texas — South Dakota junior Ciara Duffy and Omaha sophomore Matt Pile were each respectively voted to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Women's and Men's Basketball Teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Duffy earns Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive season, landing on the first team in 2019, while Pile's honor is the first for a Maverick since 1981.
Duffy brings the program's total Academic All-America honors to 10 since 1980-81. She's the third player to garner the award twice, joining Deb Petersen (1981, 1982) and Mandy Koupal (2003, 2004).
A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Duffy is a two-time all-Summit League first team guard. She's one of the most versatile players on the court with her ability to play in the post, handle the point and shoot from the NBA 3-point line.
Duffy has led the Coyotes in scoring for nearly half of USD's games this season with 23 double-figure scoring nights. She's had eight games past 20 points. Duffy has totaled more than 1,200 points, 450 rebounds and 250 assists in her career. She ranks fifth for 3-pointers made in USD history with 182. Duffy is averaging 15 points, nearly five rebounds and three assists on the season to pace the Yotes.
In the classroom, Duffy boasts a perfect 4.00 grade-point average as a political science major. She plans to graduate in May, pursuing her master's degree in history at USD this fall.
Pile earned first-team Academic All-District recognition last month to advance to the national ballot. Pile is Omaha's third Academic All-American in men's basketball program history. He carries a 3.90 grade-point average with a major in medicinal chemistry and is a member of the UNO Dean's List and the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.
The Goddard, Kan., native's sophomore campaign has seen him average 11.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game with 21 double-figure scoring performances and a team-best eight double-doubles. Pile leads the Summit League in offensive rebounds (90) and ranks in the top five for field goal percentage (second at .596), total rebounds (fourth at 227) and rebounds per game (fifth at 7.6).