GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Lewis & Clark junior Tori Eichten was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women's Basketball First Team, the organization announced late last week.
Eichten was the only Northwest Conference selection and one of seven selected from the 21-state district and is the first Lewis & Clark student-athlete to make the women's basketball list since the sport was added to the Academic All-America program in 1982-83.
"Tori was a defensive stalwart for our team this season," said Lewis & Clark head coach Pamela Findlay. "Tori is an amazing competitor and works so hard on the court and in the classroom. She sets the standard for what it means to be a successful NCAA Division III student-athlete."
Eichten was one of three women's basketball competitors to make the Fall 2017 Dean's List. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major had a 3.97 grade-point average, which was the second-best among the first-team selections. Last summer, she participated in the John S. Rogers Summer Science program and interned in a cell biology research lab. Additionally, Eicthen shadowed orthopedic surgeons at Oregon Health and Science University, which is located about five miles from Lewis & Clark's campus. Entering the 2017-18 academic year, she was planning to continue working in the cell biology research lab and hoped to produce work that can be published and presented to a wider audience.
The team leader in blocks (25) this season, Eichten was fourth in the NWC in blocks per game (1.0). The former high school athlete of the year made her debut with the Pioneers women's basketball team this season after competing her first two seasons for women's golf, a team of which she remains a member. Eichten finished with 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game over 13.9 minutes per game. She made five starts and played in 24 games total this year. The Pios qualified for the NWC Championship tournament for the second consecutive year, losing in the semifinals last Thursday.
"In addition to leading our team in blocks, Tori was usually tasked with guarding the opposing team's best post player," said Findlay. In Lewis & Clark's regular-season finale, Eichten and the Pios held the conference's third-best scorer, Jamie Lange of Puget Sound, to 12 points on 3 of 8 shooting. With a season average of 16.5 points per game, it was Lange's lowest output in any game this season where she played 15 minutes or more.
Eichten is one of five juniors scheduled to return to the team next season.