IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the second consecutive season, University of Iowa women’s basketball senior Ally Disterhoft has been named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for Division I women’s basketball. The announcement was made Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Disterhoft is the fifth scholar-athlete to win Academic All-America of the Year for women’s basketball in back-to-back years since its inception in 1987-88 and the second Big Ten athlete to accomplish the feat. She joins Elena Delle Donne of Delaware (2012-13, 2011-12), Maya Moore of Connecticut (2010-11, 2009-10), Karen Jennings of Nebraska (1992-93, 1991-92) and Michelle Flamoe of Oregon State (1988-89, 1987-88) as the only scholar-athletes to be named as Women’s Basketball Division I Academic All-America® of the Year in consecutive seasons.
The Iowa City, Iowa, native is a three-time Academic All-American. Disterhoft received first-team Academic All-America honors in each of the past two seasons, and was the only sophomore to receive the honor in 2015. The finance and accounting major owns a 4.03 GPA and is one of two student-athletes with a GPA above 4.0 on the Academic All-America team. She is also a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and WBCA Allstate Good Works Team honoree.
On Monday, Disterhoft earned her third-straight All-Big Ten plaudit and was named first team All-Big Ten (Coaches) for the first time in her career. She was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Tournament Team in 2014.
Disterhoft has appeared in all 133 games of her Hawkeye career and made 113 consecutive starts. On Feb. 22, 2017, she became the second Hawkeye in Iowa women’s basketball history to surpass 2,000 career points and the first to do so since 1980. She ranks second all-time in career scoring (2,022), eighth in 3-pointers made (159), 11th in rebounds (769), and 12th in career blocks (72).
This season, Disterhoft is second on the team in points (16.5) and rebounds (5.5) per game. She is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from 3-point range in 32.7 minutes per game.
Iowa opens Big Ten Tournament action today at 11 a.m. (CT) against Northwestern. The game will be streamed live on BTN.