AUSTIN, Texas – Senior guard/forward Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) of Gallaudet University headlines the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Women's Basketball teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
Neild has been selected as the recipient of the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year for Division III women's basketball.
Neild, who has a 3.98 GPA as an education major, earns the Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year award for the women in her first year as an Academic All-America®. She becomes the first Gallaudet women's basketball player to earn Academic All-America® honors, the fourth female in Gallaudet's history to earn Academic All-America honors and the first to ever be named Academic All-America Team Member of the Year.
Neild, who is third in Division III in points scored (649) and points per game (25.0) earned NEAC Player of the Year honors this season for the Bison and is a two-time first team All-NEAC pick. The hard of hearing 5-foot-9 guard/forward from Gallaudet, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, is also one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy.
The 15 members of the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Women's Basketball teams have at least a 3.88 GPA, with five student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.97.
Darby Massner (Iowa Wesleyan) and Briana Moore (Bridgewater (Va.)) are the repeat honorees for the women and join Neild on the first team. Lauren Bondi (Smith) and Alexis Scholtz (Johns Hopkins) complete that unit.
Neild is one of 15 honorees named to three different teams from around the country in Division III women's basketball where over 440 schools field teams.
To be eligible for Google Cloud Academic honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Gallaudet Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson, a four-year member of CoSIDA's Board of Directors and CoSIDA's Second Vice President, nominated Neild for this honor and has helped Gallaudet athletics increase its Academic All-America totals, sixfold, in his 10 years at the helm. Gallaudet has earned 12 Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Ten of the 12 honors have come in the last eight years as GU earned at least one every year for six years straight (2012-17).
For more information regarding the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.
About CoSIDA's Google Cloud Academic All-America® Program
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Google Cloud Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed per sport and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
The Division II and III Google Cloud Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.