SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– Nicole Buckingham (SR/Saginaw, Mich.) of the Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's basketball team was named to the 2019 NAIA All-America First-Team, the league office announced on Thursday, March 14. Buckingham becomes the first women's hoops athlete to receive this honor. In previous years, former Blue Devil Hali Butler was named to the All-America Third Team, while Buckingham earned honorable mention honors last season.
Buckingham has received several honors this season, which include Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Player of the Year, WHAC First Team All-Conference, WHAC Academic All-Conference Team, Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete, CoSIDA Academic All-District Team-NAIA-District One, and Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team. In addition, Buckingham was named WHAC Player of the Week four times throughout the season.
Buckingham was in the top five on five out of six statistical categories in the WHAC: ranked first in scoring points per game (18.6), second in total rebounds per outing (9.7), fourth in field goal percentage (0.437), and fifth in steals per contest (1.81) and blocks per game (1.31). Besides pacing the squad in points per game, she led the team in rebounds per outing and steals. Buckingham finished the season ranked sixth in the nation for defensive rebounds per game (7.8), 11th for total rebounds (309), 12th for points per game, 14th in total scoring (595), and 16th for total rebounds per game.
During her four years as a Blue Devil, Buckingham scored 1875 points, grabbed 702 boards, dished out 311 assists, and recorded 198 steals and 90 blocks. She holds the team record for points per game, 37, and total career points.
In addition to Buckingham, the WHAC was represented by Kendall Knapke from Indiana Tech (All-America Second Team), Michaels Faber from Aquinas (Mich.) College (All-America Third Team), DeAnn Kauffman from Indiana Tech (Honorable Mention), and Katie Snow from Concordia (Mich.) University-Ann Arbor(Honorable Mention).