SEWARD, Neb. – Highly accomplished seniors Grace Barry and Philly Lammers have just begun raking in postseason awards as their collegiate playing careers have abruptly come to an end. On Thursday (March 12), College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) rewarded Barry with the highest distinction it hands out for the sport of NAIA women’s basketball – status as the 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year. Meanwhile, Lammers was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree.
This marks the fifth time that a Concordia University student-athlete has been named a CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (first time for women’s basketball). The full list of Bulldog award winners is shown at bottom.
The 2019-20 Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NAIA, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III.
A second-year Bulldog and Lincoln East High School alum, Barry sports a near perfect grade-point average while studying secondary education. Barry’s impact upon the fortunes of the program have been profound. Most notably, she earned national tournament MVP honors last season in leading Concordia to its first-ever national championship. As a senior, Barry earned first team All-GPAC recognition and averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 steals per game. Including her two seasons at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Barry totaled 1,081 points, 521 assists, 302 rebounds and 291 steals over 126 collegiate games. Amazing Grace created plenty of engagement on social media on Thursday with her heartfelt tweet regarding the conclusion of her college basketball career.
An Omaha native and Millard West High School graduate, Lammers has collected the Academic All-District honor for a third year in a row and is now a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. The 2019 NAIA Liston Award winner picked up first team All-GPAC accolades all four years of her career. She’s been tabbed an NAIA All-American three times (2020 All-Americans not yet announced). Had the national tournament not been wiped out, Lammers may have become the program’s all-time leading scorer. As it stands, she sports school all-time rankings of second in points (2,033), second in blocked shots (181), third in rebounds (1,026) and fourth in steals (357).
All-Time Concordia Women’s Basketball All-District/All-American Honorees
Grace Barry (*2020)
Philly Lammers (*2018, 2019, *2020)
Bailey Morris (2015)
Becky Muller (2016)
Concordia CoSIDA Academic All-Americans of the Year
Grace Barry, 2020 (women’s basketball)
Samantha Liermann, 2018 and 2019 (track & field)
Josiah McAllister, 2019 (track & field)
Chandler Folkerts, 2017 (men’s basketball)