This release is courtesy of Smith Sports Information.
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior guard Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, BC, Can./Notre Dame Secondary) of the Smith College basketball team has been named a First Team Academic All-American as the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) were released today.
Bondi, who has a 3.92 GPA as a neuroscience major, becomes the first player in program history to be named an Academic All-American. The Burnaby, British Columbia native led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in points scored (538), points per game (18.6), three-point percentage (42.4), and free throw percentage (84.5) earned NEWMAC Athlete of the Year honors this season and is a two-time first team All-NEWMAC pick. She is also one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy.
Bondi serves as an A.E.M.E.S. McKinley Honors Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Smith and spent this past summer as a research intern with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
The 15 members of the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Women's Basketball teams have at least a 3.88 GPA, with five student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.97.
Joining Bondi on the first team are Darby Massner (Iowa Wesleyan), Briana Moore (Bridgewater (Va.), Alexis Scholtz (John Hopkins) and Hannah Neild (Gallaudet).
Bondi is one of 15 honorees named to three different teams from around the country in Division III women's basketball where over 440 schools field teams.
To be eligible for Google Cloud Academic honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Smith College Sports Information Director Ciara Keizer-Lawrence, a four-year member of CoSIDA, nominated Bondi for this honor.