WORCESTER – WPI senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) has earned her fifth Academic All-District selection, as voted upon by CoSIDA members from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The 2016 Softball Academic All-America once again advances to the national ballot.
Biney, the team leader in points per game (13.3), rebounds per game (7.3), defensive rebounds per game (5.2) and steals per game (2.5) paces the NEWMAC with 62 steals overall and is second with 38 in the 16 conference games. The guard appears in the top five nine more times, including third in overall field goals (133), and fourth in points (332), rebounds (182) and defensive rebounds (131). Biney hauled in a career-best 14 rebounds versus SUNY New Paltz and handed out eight assists at Smith. The double-digit scorer in 17 contests, including six double-doubles, registered a season-high 27 points versus Coast Guard in January en route to NEWMAC, NEWBA and D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors.
Over the course of the season Biney collected four NEWMAC Offensive and two Defensive Athlete of the Week accolades, including both for the week ending November 26, and two NEWBA Player of the Week nods.
Academically, the mechanical engineering major's IQP involved developing QuizASSIST, a phone application that allows students to access content from their courses to study, learn, and challenge others and MQP consists of consulting with firms in the Greater Boston Area to collect market data on how CEOs and CFOs value projects. In the community, Biney is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life, Special Olympics and Team IMPACT, as well as Girls Inc.
One of four NEWMAC honorees, Biney is joined by Clark's Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, RI), Springfield's Alex Goslin (South Windsor, CT) and MIT's Kara Holinski (Livonia, MI).
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 his/her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Second-seeded Women's Basketball heads to Smith Saturday for a 3:30pm appointment with third-seeded Babson in the 2018 NEWMAC Women's Basketball Championship semifinals.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)