SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Drury University's Annie Armstrong was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's basketball and Hadeil Ali was selected as the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's tennis the league announced Thursday.
The conference selects one student-athlete in each league sport to be designated the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is based upon athletic accomplishments, both team and individual, and academic performance in the season upon which the award is based. Each GLVC member has the opportunity to nominate one individual from its team for the award. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average that meets Academic All-America standards (3.30), and freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award. The voting is completed by each member institution's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR).
Annie Armstrong, out of Springfield-Kickapoo, excelled in the classroom with a 3.9 cumulative GPA while studying exercise and sport science and was a force on the hardwood this season as well, starting all 31 games and helping Drury to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She led all of NCAA-II in free throw percentage (93.9) and set Drury's all-time record for three-point percentage in a season with a mark of 45.7%. Those stats helped her earn postseason accolades as well, including All-GLVC First Team, D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team and WBCA All-America Honorable Mention. Additionally, she was a Dean's List honoree every semester and most recently named to the All-GLVC Academic Team and a GLVC Council of Presidents' Academic Excellence Award winner.
Hadeil Ali went 18-4 in singles and 19-5 in doubles play in 2016. She was named the ITA Midwest Region Women's Senior of the Year and helped Drury to a 6-0 league record and GLVC West Division crown as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. Studying international politics, the Berkley, California, native graduated with a 4.0 GPA, earned a spot on the All-GLVC Academic Team and GLVC Council of Presidents' Academic Excellence Award list earlier in the week.
The two recipients bring Drury's total to 17 for the number of student-athletes that have received the conference's highest academic honor. Armstrong was the fourth Lady Panthers basketball player to receive the award in program history while Ali is the first from DU women's tennis to be selected for it.