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Massner named to Google Cloud Academic All-America team

Darby Massner was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America NCAA Division III women’s basketball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Galaudet’s Hannah Neild, earned the Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year award for women’s basketball.

Massner became one of two individuals to earn repeat honors, and she jumped up from Third Team to First Team Academic All-America this season. She is also joined by Briana Moore (Bridgewater, VA.), Lauren Bondi (Smith), and Alexis Scholtz (John Hopkins) as First Team recipients.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® women’s team consists of 15 woman who have an average GPA of 3.88 with the first team individuals recording a 3.97. Massner is one of five women who have perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.

Massner had one of her best years in her final season with the Tigers. She averaged 17.3 points and 10.9 points per game and collected a total of fourteen double-doubles. Massner started all 23 games and averaged 37.8 minutes per game. She ended the year ranked third in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in points per game, points, rebounds per game, and rebounds per game.

Massner is enrolled in Iowa Wesleyan University’s Management Leadership with a focus in Strategic Leadership graduate program. She is a three-time SLIAC All-Academic Team recipient, as well as a three-time United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National All-Academic Team award winner. Massner was the first student-athlete from Iowa Wesleyan to receive the SLIAC Post Graduate scholarship. She has earned SLIAC All-Conference twice, as well as SLIAC All-Sportsmanship team recognition. She was awarded USCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2016-17 and 2015-16. Massner sits at the top of two IW women’s basketball records (career three-point field goals and three point field goals made in a game), along with being in the top 10 in two other categories (career points — 1,297, 7th, career field goals made — 418, T-8th).

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.