Boston of South Carolina earns the Honda Cup

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Colombia, SC – South Carolina junior Aliyah became the first winner of Boston University’s Honda Cup, which honors the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. This is a season during which Boston was the unanimous national player of the year and the NCAA Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player of the Year after leading the Gamecocks to the 2022 national championship.

Naismith was also the unanimous National Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year, and Boston won both titles from the SEC as well. Three-time Lisa Leslie Award winner, Gamecock’s leading scorer (16.8 ppg) led the nation this season with 30 double-doubles, including an SEC-record 27 to become just the third straight NCAA div. I history women’s basketball with a streak at least that long. His 12.5 rebounds per game ranked fourth in the nation.

In Gamecock’s 14 games against ranked opponents, including seven against top-10 enemies, Boston scored 18.1 points per game and achieved 13.9 rebounds per outing. In his second NCAA tournament, he was named the Most Outstanding Player in both the Greensboro Regionals and Final Four, averaging 16.8 points and 15.2 rebounds in the tournament, during which he led the team in assists.

In the classroom, Boston also excels as a mass communications major. The combination of her 3.733 grade point average and on-court accolades has earned her the CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-America of the Year in each of the past two seasons.

Celebrating its 46th anniversary, the CWSA has honored the nation’s top NCAA female athletes for their superior athletic prowess, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since beginning their partnership in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.4 million in institutional grants to the universities of award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.

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