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IPFW junior wins national academic honor


– The last time IPFW women’s 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 women’s 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, Hyde’s male counterpart was Gonzaga All-American Kelly Olynyk, a business administration major with a 3.53 GPA.

“I have to say it’s at the top,” Hyde said of receiving the national award. “If somebody came to me at the beginning of the season and told me I’d win these awards I’ve gotten in the past month or so, I don’t think I would believe it. I’m just honored, and I feel so blessed that people have recognized what I’ve done. I just can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to those people who have recognized me and all the people who have helped me along the way.

“It’s unbelievable.”

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 we’ve been trying to do for years – not only at the university, but with the women’s basketball program – is recruit good people, good students, good athletes.

“When all of a sudden, when you’ve got somebody like Amanda who wins this nationwide award, and when they advertise that you’ve got the men’s winner from Gonzaga and the women’s winner from IPFW, that really says a lot about our university.”