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VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota senior guard Ciara Duffy has been voted to the 2019-20 Academic All-District VI Team announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She is one of 42 players who will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America in March.
A two-time Academic All-American, Duffy graduated in three years with a 4.00 grade-point average and earned her bachelor's degree in political science and history. She's currently pursuing a master's degree in secondary education and continues to maintain a perfect 4.00 GPA in her graduate studies.
Duffy has led South Dakota to a 24-2 start in her senior season with 12 consecutive weeks in the top-25.
Duffy, a versatile 6-foot guard, was named a semifinalist for the Her Hoops Stats' Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year and to the watch list of espnW's Mid-Major Player of the Year. She's a two-time Summit League first-team pick and was named the Summit's Preseason Player of the Year. She's reached double-figures in 25 of 26 games this season with five double-doubles. Duffy's averaging 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season.
A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Duffy is fourth on USD's career scoring charts (1,700 points), second for career 3-pointers made (230) and seventh for career assists (404). She ranks amongst the NCAA's top-40 in active Division I players for the same categories.
The District VI award winners are voted on by sports information directors from the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, have completed one full calendar year at her institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.