Nash Earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors

Lydia Nash
Lydia Nash

By Jordan Childress

AUSTIN, Texas – Union College center Lydia Nash (JR/Florence, Ky.) was named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® basketball teams include student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

Nash earned a spot on the second team, becoming the third Bulldog to make the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. Allison Fowler made first team in 2007-2008 and Lindsey Waters made second team in 2012-2013.

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 1952, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has honored more than 20,000 outstanding student-athletes with this prestigious award, which became known as the Capital One Academic All-America® in 2011.

An athletic training major with a 4.0 GPA, Nash has started all 26 games, averaging 16.9 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. She has 27 assists and 24 steals to her credit. Two times this season she has been named the AAC Player of the Week. On Dec. 12, Nash became the 18th player in Union College women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points as Union defeated Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 80-70. Nash ranks 13th in field goal percentage (53.8) and 38th in points per game (16.9) in NAIA Division II play.

She ranks ninth on the Bulldog all-time scoring list with 1,286 career points and 19th in rebounding at 370.

Nash and the Bulldogs are 18-8 overall and went 15-5 in conference play. Union is the No. 3 seed in this week’s AAC Tournament and will open play against the winner of the first round match-up between No. 6 seed Bluefield (Va.) and No. 11 seed Montreat (N.C.) on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. The tournament is being played at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.