Ciara Duffy named Mid-Major Player of the Year
VERMILLION – Ciara Duffy from Rapid City has been named the Becky Hammon Mid-Major women’s basketball Player of the Year.
This is just the latest postseason award for the University of South Dakota senior, who also received honorable mention All-American honors and was the Summit League Player of the Year.
Duffy averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists per game this season.
As a matter of fact, she graduates as the only player in program history with more than 1,700 points, 600 rebounds and 400 assists.
The Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year award is designed to recognize the nation’s best mid-major player in women’s basketball.
The award is named after Hammon who spent 16 years playing in the WNBA.
She’s now an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.
Appropriately, Duffy and Hammon share the same hometown of Rapid City.
“It’s so cool specifically because she was the one we all looked up to when we were playing starting in kindergarten,” Ciara Duffy said. “Everyone knew who Becky Hammon was. Her jersey was up at Stevens High School and every time we’d play in a tournament there, we’d all go look at it. She was kind of the one who did it first from Rapid City. So to have this award be named after her and to get to receive that, it’s so cool.”
The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team finished the season with a 30-2 record, completed a 16-0 run through the Summit League and captured the Summit League Tournament title.
But the Coyotes’ season came to an abrupt end after the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
“The year didn’t end the way that any one would have hoped,” Duffy said. “But like you said, I think it’s important to look back on some of these milestones because it truly was a really special year for us and for the entire community. I honestly just feel really lucky that I just got to be a part of it.”