Northern Illinois University junior shooting guard Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) was named Thursday afternoon to the Capital One Academic All-District V Women’s Basketball, one of only five players selected from Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
In the classroom, Corral has a 4.0 grade point average in pre-physical therapy and is averaging 14.6 points per game to lead NIU in the court.
“Amanda works extremely hard and she never tires when she’s on the court. She’s just so relentless. Amanda has that same tenacity when it comes to her academics and that’s huge for our program and to NIU,” said head coach Kathi Bennett. “To be amongst such a selected few is is such a great honor for Amanda. She’s earned it with all the hard work she’s put in over the last three years on campus in class and with the team.”
Corral, a junior from Hobart, Ind., has started in all 18 games for the Huskies this season, scoring a team-best 14.6 points per game. She’s averaging 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists for NIU, while shooting .438 from the field and .780 at the free throw line. Corral entered the week with the 183rd best field goal percentage and the 234th best free throw clip in the NCAA. Her 14.6 points per game were also ranked 242nd in the country.
She has had a banner year in scoring the Huskies this season as she has scored 20-or-more points four times in 2013-14, including a career-high 30 point performance Jan. 12, 2014, versus Eastern Michigan. In 18 games this season, Corral has scored 10-or-more points 14 times, leading the Huskies in scoring 10 times. She is 58 points shy of 1,000 points in her career.
Academically, she has posted a 4.0 every semester at NIU since beginning in the fall of 2011. Corral is concentrating in physical therapy and currently plans on going to graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.
She is one of two players from the Mid-American Conference on this year’s list, as Rachel Tecca of Akron, the MAC’s leading scorer, was also an Academic All-District selection.
Corral is only the third women’s basketball player at NIU to earn the distinction and first since Doreen Zierer (1979-82) in 1982. Diane Hillard earned honorable mention all-district honors that same season. Zierer also went on to earn Second Team Academic All-America status that season, the program’s only such honor.
First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America ® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Corral and the Huskies will return to action Saturday, Feb. 1, when they head to Western Michigan for a showdown with the Broncos. Tipoff is schedule for 3:30 p.m. Central. For more information on NIU women’s basketball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.