HAMMOND, Ind., & WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball senior Cassidy Deno was one of five players named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The honor marks the second-straight for Deno (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central), who captured the award last year en route to eventual CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Deno is now eligible to attain the CoSIDA Academic All-American award as a senior, with voting to begin next week and the announcement to follow on Feb. 27.
To be eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America award, student-athletes must attain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, and play in at least half of respective sport contests.
Deno was one of five selected in District 2 on a ballot of 44 nominees. A hospitality and tourism management major with an emphasis in fitness management, Deno carries a 3.81 grade point average and is currently averaging 20.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.
The senior recently eclipsed the 2,000-point plateau, becoming just the second player in PNW history to do so, and stands No. 2 on the all-time career scoring list with 2,106 points. She also put together the highest single-game scoring effort in PNW history, netting 51 points on 18-of-24 from the floor in a 119-105 win over Olivet Nazarene Feb. 1.
Deno was a CCAC First-Team All-Selection in 2015-16 in addition to NAIA Third-Team All-America honors.
This season, she stands fifth in NAIA Division II in total scoring (547), sixth in points per game (20.3) and 10th in both total 3-point makes (76) and 3-point percentage (43.7).
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program recognizes the student’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.