PAWTUCKET, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior forward Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) received national recognition this week, earning an honorable mention on the 2018 D3hoops.com All-America Team.
After Examond was named to the site's 2017-18 Preseason All-America Third-Team in November by concluding her sophomore season as the Little East Conference (LEC) Player of the Year, it is the first time that she has garnered the year-end national award. The junior helped anchor the Corsair frontcourt, helping the squad to an overall record of 24-4 to break the previous mark for most regular-season wins in program history. Furthermore, UMass Dartmouth became just the second institution in finish the LEC circuit with a perfect 14-0 undefeated record.
In addition to being named to the New England Women's Basketball Association's (NEWBA) All-Northeast Region team for the second consecutive year, the junior was named LEC Player of the Week three times this past season as she led the team in scoring (19.7), rebounding (10.3), and field goal percentage (58.0). She established a new single-game scoring record against Western Connecticut, pouring in 41 points on 18-for-27 from the field. Later in the campaign, Examond became the 12th Corsair to reach 1,000 career points with a 24-point performance at the Colonials.
A starter in 26 of her 27 games, Examond produced 14 double-doubles, including scoring 25 points and pulling in a season-best 16 rebounds in the Little East Conference Championship. In 80 career contests, Examond is currently seventh on the UMass Dartmouth all-time scoring list with 1,196 points, 25 markers shy of Moriarty. She is on pace to become the first Corsair to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, currently totaling 769 boards. She has also handed out 104 assists, recorded 91 steals, and redirected 32 shots over the past three seasons.