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Babson's Pickering Earns All-America Honors

Babson's  Pickering Earns All-America Honors

2016-17 Women's Basketball All-Americans

This release is courtesy of Babson Sports Information

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Babson College senior Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) continued to add to her postseason awards haul as she was named to the All-America fourth team prior to the Division III National Championship game on Saturday night.

Pickering, who joins Michele Merten '95, Nicole Wurdeman '12 and Sarah Collins '13 as the only All-America selections in program history, averaged a career-high 18.4 points to go along with 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.4 steals while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor in 29 games this winter. She scored 20 or more points 12 times and finished the year tied for third on the program's single-season list with 115 assists, and fourth in single-season points with 535.

Pickering, who earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Player of the Year honors earlier this month, averaged 13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals in 112 career games for the Beavers. She is the program's all-time record holder with 376 assists, and ranks fourth all-time in steals (245) and seventh in scoring with 1,538 points. Additionally, Pickering ranks sixth with 600 career field goals, seventh in made free throws (318) and is 20th in school history with 580 rebounds. 

A three-time All-NEWMAC selection, Pickering also earned All-Northeast Region first-team honors from after helping the Green and White reach the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in nine seasons.

Babson, which captured both the NEWMAC regular season and tournament titles, finished the year at 24-6 overall before falling to eventual national champions Amherst in the Sweet 16.