NSU Assistant Sports Information Director
NATCHITOCHES – As Beatrice Attura takes another step toward a professional basketball career this weekend, the Southland Conference has given her another individual award to add to her resume.
Attura, the first CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American in Northwestern State women’s basketball history, has been named the 2016-17 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year. The honor was announced Wednesday and was selected by a panel of athletic administrators from all 13 SLC member institutions.
Attura becomes the second straight Lady Demon to capture the award, following former teammate Janelle Perez. She also is the fifth Northwestern State student-athlete to earn such an award since the start of the 2014-15 season, joining Zeek Woodley (2014-15 men’s basketball), Kellye Kincannon (2015 softball), Cort Brinson (2015 baseball) and Perez.
“What else can you say about Bea?” first-year head coach Jordan Dupuy said. “She has been a great ambassador for not only our basketball program, but our entire athletic department as well. This is just the cherry on top of both a great athletic and academic career at Northwestern State.”
Joining Attura on the first-team Academic All-Southland Conference team were Abilene Christian teammates Suzzy Dimba (3.40, management) and Sydney Shelstead (3.84, engineering), Central Arkansas’ Maggie Proffitt (3.29, exercise science) and Incarnate Word’s Celia Garcia Paunero (3.89, psychology/kinesiology).
Attura, who will participate in the NCAA Women’s Final Four combine in Dallas on Sunday, averaged a career-best 20.6 points per game in her senior season and produced a cumulative 3.94 grade-point average as a business administration major.
With the national semifinals and finals remaining, Attura ranks 15th nationally in scoring (20.6 points per game), 24th in 3-pointers per game (2.93), 31st in free-throw percentage (85.8), 35th in 3-pointers made (a school single-season record 88) and 43rd in assists per game (5.1).
In addition to setting the NSU single-season 3-point record, Attura’s 619 points during the 2016-17 rank fifth in school history. A two-time second-team Academic All-Southland Conference selection, Attura became the 15th Academic All-American in school history and the first first-team selection since football’s Justin Aldredge in 2011.
“It shows the value of hard work paying off and showing the value of understanding priorities and time management,” Dupuy said. “It’s been said that talent gets you to this level, but character allows you to be successful at this level, and Bea has shown that. I’m so proud of her.”