WORCESTER – WPI sophomore Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District I women's basketball team as voted upon by sports information directors from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The guard now advances to the national ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration.
Biney was joined on the team by five seniors including fellow NEWMAC honorees Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, SC) from MIT and Heather Lewis (Saratoga Springs, NY) from Springfield.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at her current institution, completed one full calendar year at her current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. Student-athletes must have also participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form.
The management engineering major is the first women's basketball all-district honoree since Theresa Logan in 2012-13. On the court, Biney paces the 20-2 Engineers in points per game (11.2), rebounds per game (5.5), assists per game (1.8) an steals per game (2.3). The two-time NEWMAC Player of the Week ranks third in the conference with 50 swipes on the season.
The two-sport student-athlete garnered All-NEWMAC First Team status, and All-New England Second Team accolades, for her role in helping the softball team set the WPI record for wins in a single season en route to the program's first NCAA Division III Championship tournament appearance this past spring. The team won the Williams Regional and faced eventual national champion Tufts in the Super Regionals. Biney also earned the 2014-15 Coaches Award presented to the most outstanding female athlete in the freshman class.
The women's basketball team, which recently saw its record-setting 18-game winning streak halted, heads to Wheaton Saturday for a 3pm NEWMAC contest.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)