HISTORY MAKERS! Aoki, Bromenschenkel Earn Academic All-American Honors

HISTORY MAKERS!  Aoki, Bromenschenkel Earn Academic All-American Honors

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- For the first time in school history, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's and women's basketball programs had student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors in the same season, according to results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Ally Bromenschenkel was named a second-team Google Cloud Academic All-American in NCAA Division III women's basketball, while Ryuji Aoki captured third-team honors in men's basketball.  Rose-Hulman student-athletes have now combined for 137 Academic All-American awards, including 34 consecutive calendar years with at least one Academic All-American. The 34-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III. 

The Google Cloud Academic All-America basketball teams are the most selective among any of the Academic All-America contests.  More than 6,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Division III men's basketball and more than 5,000 currently compete in NCAA Division III women's basketball.  Only 15 men and 15 women are chosen as Academic All-Americans, with three teams of five players each selected.

Bromenschenkel becomes just the second women's basketball player in Rose-Hulman history to earn Academic All-American honors, joining third-team 2012 honoree Alisa Dickerson.  On the court, Bromenschenkel earned three first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors during a historic career that included a 91-19 overall team record and a 45-2 home mark.  The team also set an HCAC record with 38 consecutive league victories from January 2017-January 2019.  Individually, she stands as Rose-Hulman's career school record holder for field goal percentage (53.1%), games played (109) and games started (109).

Bromenschenkel ranks in Rose-Hulman's career top five in points (4th with 1,409); rebounds (3rd with 840); double-doubles (3rd with 29); field goals made (2nd with 525); free throws made (4th with 340); and blocked shots (5th with 116).  Her efforts helped Rose-Hulman win its first three HCAC regular season championships and make its first two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in program history over the last four years.  She was also named to the 2019 D3hoops.com all-Great Lakes Region Team earlier this week.

She also became the second player in Rose-Hulman basketball history - men's or women's - to earn all-region honors and Academic All-American accolades in the same season.

Bromenschenkel recorded 75 double-figure scoring games and tallied 20 or more points in a game 15 times at Rose-Hulman.  In the classroom, the mechanical engineering major carries a 3.84 grade point average.

"The true meaning of student-athlete is defined by Ally Bromenschenkel," said head women's basketball coach Jon Prevo.  "Her work ethic on and off the court over the past four years only tell a partial story of the remarkable young lady Ally is every day.  She will be successful in all endeavors of her career and her life after Rose-Hulman."

Aoki will graduate as Rose-Hulman's career school record holder for free throw accuracy at 93.2% (138-148).  He also ranks sixth in school history in three-point field goal accuracy (40.3%) and is 17th in Rose-Hulman history in three-point field goals (95).

Aoki recorded career totals of 641 points, 120 rebounds and 89 assists at Rose-Hulman.  He helped the team win the 2018 HCAC regular season co-championship and was part of a squad that has finished 48-31 and 39-15 in league play over the past three seasons.

In addition, Aoki reached double figures in scoring 29 times at Rose-Hulman and tallied a career-high 25 points in a win over Franklin this season.  He becomes the sixth men's basketball player to earn the Academic All-American award in Rose-Hulman men's basketball history, joining Ron Dale (1981), David Urbanek (1988), Scott Beach (1992), Chris Unton (2001 and 2002), and Tyler Duffy (2016).

On the academic side, Aoki will graduate from Rose-Hulman in just three years this May.  The biomedical engineering major carries a 3.91 grade point average.

"We preach about team success to our players, but one area that gives me joy to see our players achieve individual accolades is the combination of academics AND athletics. For Ryuji to be named an Academic All-American, it is the highest honor a player can receive for their dedication and hard work both in the classroom and on the court," said men's basketball head coach Rusty Loyd.  "In his three years at Rose-Hulman, he has been part of a conference championship team and been a leader amongst his teammates, but work ethic and ability to succeed in all areas of college life will truly be his legacy. Ryuji embodies all the attributes of a Rose-Hulman student-athlete and I couldn't be more happy for him to receive this distinction."

The Rose-Hulman women's squad finished 20-7 this season and was both the HCAC regular season and tournament runner-ups.  The men's team compiled a 17-9 record and tied for second place in the HCAC regular season standings.