FORT WAYNE – The last time IPFW womens basketball junior forward Amanda Hyde received a B was in her middle school science class in Findlay, Ohio.
I was not a happy camper, she said.
Today, the camper is happy.
Hyde, who was named the Summit League Player of the Year after the 2012-13 season, was named the national womens scholar-athlete of the year by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association.
While 10 men and 10 women were named to the all-academic teams, only two were named scholar-athletes of the year.
A mathematics education major with a 4.0 grade-point average, Hydes male counterpart was Gonzaga All-American Kelly Olynyk, a business administration major with a 3.53 GPA.
I have to say its at the top, Hyde said of receiving the national award. If somebody came to me at the beginning of the season and told me Id win these awards Ive gotten in the past month or so, I dont think I would believe it. Im just honored, and I feel so blessed that people have recognized what Ive done. I just cant say thank you enough to those people who have recognized me and all the people who have helped me along the way.
The 5-foot-10 forward led IPFW (13-17) in points (18.7 per game), assists (3.1), steals (2.9), free throw percentage (.869) and minutes played (36.5).
She was also second in rebounds (4.8) and tied the school record with a 43-point performance against Southern Illinois.
We should be extremely proud, IPFW coach Chris Paul said.
What weve been trying to do for years – not only at the university, but with the womens basketball program – is recruit good people, good students, good athletes.
When all of a sudden, when youve got somebody like Amanda who wins this nationwide award, and when they advertise that youve got the mens winner from Gonzaga and the womens winner from IPFW, that really says a lot about our university.