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Buckingham Becomes First Women's Basketball Student-Athlete to Earn Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team Honors

Buckingham Becomes First Women's Basketball Student-Athlete to Earn Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team Honors

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.) of the Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team earned 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team honors, after being selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Buckingham is the second student-athlete in Lawrence Tech's history to earn this recognition.

Buckingham, a biomedical engineering major with a 3.98 GPA, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team-NAIA-District One for the second time on February 21. She led the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference with 18.6 points per game and paced the LTU with 309 boards and 50 blocks. Buckingham also ranked sixth in the nation for defensive rebounds per game, 7.8.

In addition to Buckingham, the WHAC was represented by Kendall Knapke from Indiana Tech, who made it to the All-America First Team as well.

Nominees are selected based on playing in at least 50 percent off all the team's games and have at least a 3.30 GPA. The committee looks to honor the best student-athletes that excel on and off the court. Once the student-athlete is nominated, all dues-paying members of CoSIDA vote for each team.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team averaged a 3.93 GPA, while the Second-Team averaged 3.88.