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Senior Miranda Ayim Named Nation's Top Division I-AAA Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete
Pepperdine senior Miranda Ayim was awarded her highest honor yet, when the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Assocation named her as the nation's top Division I-AAA women's basketball scholar-athlete. The organization released its annual 10-member Scholar-Athlete teams for men's and women's basketball on April 7.
Ayim, from London, Ontario, will graduate this spring with a degree in public relations and a 3.71 grade-point average, and has just finished one of the top basketball careers in Pepperdine history. The senior center was named to the All-West Coast Conference (WCC) first team in 2010 for the third time, becoming only the fourth player in Pepperdine history to earn first team honors three times and the first since 2002.
In 2010, when she led the Waves with 15.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots, she was also a two-time WCC Player of the Week and made the All-Tournament teams at the WCC Championships and the Arizona State Classic. She helped Pepperdine to 20 wins and a spot in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
Ayim became Pepperdine's all-time leader in career blocked shots with 182, and appears prominently elsewhere in the career records lists, ranking fifth in field goals made (581), sixth in games played (119), eighth in points (1,377) and eighth in rebounds (735). In 2010, she also set the school single-season record for blocked shots with 85 and tied the single-game record with nine.
Also a standout in the classroom, Ayim was named to the WCC All-Academic first team for the third time in 2010, becoming the first Pepperdine women's basketball player ever to accomplish that feat. She was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and made the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team. In 2009, she also made the Academic All-District third team, was an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar and was chosen as Pepperdine Athletics' Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also serves as a co-Vice President of Pepperdine's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In order to qualify for Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete honors, a nominee was required to have a minimum 3.20 grade-point average, be at least a junior in athletics and academic standing and have participated in at least 50 percent of a team's games.