LAKEPOINT Ga. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team had three players named to the ASUN All-Academic Team including senior Alex Banks who was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league offices on Thursday afternoon.
Banks, who is in her fifth year with the Lady Bisons, is set to finish the Masters of Management program at Lipscomb in July and currently sports a perfect 4.0 GPA in the program. She graduated from undergrad last May with a degree in Marketing.
As the Lady Bisons lone senior this season, Banks has been a set an example for Lipscomb both on and off the court. She is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder with 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, respectively.
In August, Banks will be taking part in The World Race, an organization which conducts mission work in 11 countries over a period of 11 months.
Juniors Loren Cagle and Kennedy Potts joined Banks on the All-Academic squad.
Cagle accumulated a 3.55 GPA as an Interdisciplinary Teaching major. The point guard leads the ASUN in assists at 5.7 per contest, which is good enough for 29th in the nation.
Potts grabbed her spot thanks to a 3.77 GPA. The Nursing major poured in a career-high 17 points to help Lipscomb earn a win over North Florida on Senior Night.
All three Lady Bisons were first time All-Academic honorees.
Head Coach Greg Brown’s Thoughts:
“I just think it’s a tremendous honor. I have a lot of respect for those three, for their hard work and what it takes to do something like that not only off the floor, but on the floor as well. It’s a dual purpose award, and as the commissioner said, it’s representative of what we want and what we recruit. According to the commissioner, it’s about rise, impact, and connect, and I think those three words describe those three players.
“It’s also a tremendous honor for Alex to be recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. I think that means a lot. I’m just proud of what she’s been able to do in these five years here and the impact she’s made both on and off the floor.
“I don’t think anybody realizes just how heavy their workload is. Alex is in graduate school. With the Gulf Coast game for example: she had to go to class, come play the game, and then go back to class. For the NJIT game, we flew her up Saturday morning the day of the game so that she could be in the classes before. Kennedy is in nursing school with clinicals and all that that entails. And then, Lo with her academic load and teaching observations. There’s a lot to it.”
Lipscomb will hit the court again on Friday night as they take on Jacksonville in the first round of the ASUN Tournament.