LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell’s Claire DeBoer, who was recently voted the Patriot League Player of the Year, added another honor on Monday. The senior earned a spot on the five-player Academic All-Patriot League team for the first time during her career with the Bison.
DeBoer is a Dean’s List student as a double major in education and psychology. She is a team captain and member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and spends a large portion of her free time giving back to the community. Her volunteer work includes being a mission trip volunteer for the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, as well as work with the Special Olympics, Lewisburg Food Bank, Suncom Industries, and the Pennsylvania Head Start Association.
DeBoer entered the 2016-17 season as the Preseason Patriot League Player of the Year and was then named the league’s top player at the close of the regular season. She added her third All-Patriot League selection, including her second time making the First Team. The senior currently ranks in the top five in the league in scoring (16.0 ppg), field goal percentage (.486), free throw percentage (.812), and rebounding (7.3 rpg).
For her career, DeBoer has put up numbers unprecedented in the 43-year history of Bucknell women’s basketball. She currently ranks third in career points (1,616), fifth in rebounds (867), and ninth in assists (283). She is the only player that currently ranks in the top 10 in all three categories.
Bucknell has had a player voted to the Academic All-Patriot League Team in seven consecutive seasons, including all five years with Aaron Roussell as head coach.
DeBoer guided the Bison to their second straight Patriot League regular season title and the first outright title since 2007 with an overall record of 24-5 and league mark of 16-2. The Bison will be the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament, which they open tonight at 6 p.m. with a quarterfinal game against eighth-seeded Loyola at Sojka Pavilion.
Academic All-League Team
Lauren Crisler, American (Sr., F) – Scholar Athlete of the Year
Emily Kinneston, American (Jr., G)
Claire DeBoer, Bucknell (Sr., F)
Katie Doherty, Holy Cross (Jr., G)
Lisa Mirarchi, Loyola Maryland (Sr., G)