NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The careers of seniors Darby Maggard and Jenny Roy have been intertwined as four-year starters with Belmont women's basketball. They're sharing one last team this week as both Bruins have been selected to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar Athlete Team.
Belmont is the only institution to earn multiple selections to the prestigious 10-member Scholar Athlete Team.
"On behalf of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, I would like to congratulate the recipients of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards and those who have earned a postgraduate scholarship," said Mary Ellen Gillespie, current Division I-AAA ADA President and athletics director at the University of Hartford "These outstanding student-athletes are incredible people who lead in the classroom, in competition and in their communities. They are role models and demonstrate exactly what we mean by student-athlete. We are proud to present them with our highest recognition."
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions were eligible for these prestigious awards. Each nominee was required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.20 – on a 4.00 scale – in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of their team's games and reached junior academic standing at their institution.
Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) led all selections with a 3.98 GPA while studying marketing at Belmont. Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) posted a 3.53 GPA as a psychology major.
Both Bruins will graduate this May.
Maggard, the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, led Belmont with 17.0 points per game and 4.2 assists while being named a finalist for the WBCA's Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the nation's top shooting guard. She ranked fifth in the country in 3-pointers made with 113 on her way to a career total of 430, a school and OVC record and the fourth most in the history of the NCAA. She is the only player in NCAA history with 400 made threes and 650 assists in a career.
Roy, the OVC Tournament MVP, led the Bruins in assists with 5.7 and tied the school's NCAA-era record with 188 assists in a season. She was one of just three players in the nation to average at least 9.0 points (9.1), 7.5 rebounds (7.7) and 5.5 assists during the season. Her well-rounded attack helped Roy notch only the third triple-double in Belmont's NCAA era, and she ends her career as the first player in OVC history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists.
As part of Belmont's 2019 senior class, the duo won 108 games over four years and led the Bruins to four consecutive OVC Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.
"Once again, our association is excited to announce this year's men's and women's basketball Scholar-Athlete Teams and Awards recipients," said Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee Chair and University of Portland Vice President for Athletics, Scott Leykam. "This was an extremely deep pool of nominees with many deserving winners. Our sincere congratulations to all of those who have been honored.