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Niagara's Victoria Rampado named to DI-AAA Athletics Scholar-Athlete Team


CLEVELAND, O.H. -- Niagara women's basketball forward Victoria Rampado is one of 20 Division I-AAA basketball players to be named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team, presented by ARMS Software. 

"Congratulations on another well-deserved honor for Victoria!," said head coach Jada Pierce. "This award recognizes the all-around student-athlete, which exemplifies who Victoria is."

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible. Each nominee was required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent (50%) of the team's games. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached junior academic standing at their institution. A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA Athletics Directors selected the winners.

Rampado, an education major who maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.59, was a standout for the Purple Eagles in her redshirt-senior season in 2017-18. Rampado led the MAAC in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game, and was second in rebounding with 9.9 rebounds per game. She had 15 double-doubles on the season and scored in double figures in every game in 2017-18, including 15 20-plus point performances.

Rampado scored a career-high 41 points against Siena on Jan. 7, which is the second-most points in a single game in NU women's basketball history and is the seventh-most in MAAC history. On Feb. 18 against Monmouth, Rampado broke the Niagara women's basketball all-time scoring record, scoring 27 points to surpass Eva Cunningham's record 0f 1,753 career points.

Rampado was named the 2017-18 MAAC Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-MAAC First Team selection.

Rampado finished her career with 1,823 career points. She set the record for points scored in a single season with 635 in 2017-18. Rampado also now holds the NU women's basketball record in career rebounds with 909 and set the record for rebounds in a single season with 306 in 2017-18.

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Men's Scholar-Athlete Team
Evan BaileyCollege of Charleston3.74Chemistry
Clayton ClusterLoyola University Chicago3.52Finance
Rokas GustysHofstra University3.67Rhetorical Studies
Albert OwensOral Roberts University3.76History
Josh PerkinsGonzaga University3.26Sport Management
Ben RichardsonLoyola University Chicago3.41Finance
Joseph SherburneUMBC4.00Financial Economics
Kareem SouthTexas A&M-Corpus Christi3.53Biomedical Science
Kevin VannattaUNC Asheville3.93Accounting
Reilly WalshNJIT4.00Management Information Systems

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kevin Vannatta, UNC Asheville

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team
Lindsey AbedUniversity of Hartford3.61Psychology
Taylor GradinjanFGCU4.00Exercise Science
Mart'e GraysDePaul University3.29Sociology
Kamila HoskovaRider University3.86Math & Economics
Jackie KemphSaint Louis University3.76Accounting
Brittany MbamaluTexas A&M-Corpus Christi3.60Public Administration
Sally McCabeBelmont University3.86Psychology
Victoria RampadoNiagara University3.59Education
Chandler SmithGonzaga University3.94Marketing
Kylee SmithBelmont University3.92Busines Administration

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kylee Smith, Belmont University

Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients: Joseph Sherburne, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Kylee Smith, Belmont University.

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