UMass Dartmouth senior All-America forward Nakira Examond has added two more accolades to her already impressive resume, as she was named as a 2018-19 D3hoops.com first team all-Northeast Region honoree while also earning a spot on the 2018-19 New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) first team all-region squad.
A native of New Bedford, Mass. and a graduate of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Examond was named as the Little East Conference Player of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons, as she averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and led the league in field goal percentage at a 58.9 percent clip. Nakira became the Corsairs’ all-time leading scorer (1,675 points) and rebounder (1,035 boards) during the course of the recently completed campaign, as she helped lead Head Coach Matt Ducharme’s squad to its second straight Little East regular season title with an overall mark of 22-5 that included a 14-2 conference slate.
An honorable mention All-America selection by D3hoops.com a year ago, Examond’s all-regional honor is her third straight from the organization, as she was tabbed as a first team selection last year after earning second team accolades as a sophomore. Nakira is now eligible for selection to the D3hoops.com All-America team that will be announced later this week.
Examond was one of five players named to the NEWBA first team all-region squad, and she was also selected with senior teammate Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass./Quaboag Regional) to play in the 2019 NEWBA Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, March 23rd at Springfield College’s Blake Arena beginning at 1:00 pm EDT. Korzec, a second team all-Little East honoree this season, was third on the Corsairs’ scoring list at 11.9 ppg and led the team in both assists (3.3 apg) and steals (2.0 spg).
It’s been quite a week already for Examond, as she was selected to play in the inaugural Beyond Sports Women’s Collegiate All-Star Game presented by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Saturday evening at the 2019 NCAA Division III national championship game at the Cregger Center in Salem, Va. Nakira was selected after a national fan vote as one of the final five players named to play in the contest, which begins at 5:00 pm EDT.