(Peru, Neb.) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced on their National Awards Day that nearly 11,000 student-athletes nation-wide were named as 2021-22 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Five Peru State women's basketball players made the list.

Fifth-year senior Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) led the group. Academic seniors Julie Miller (Easton, Kan.) and Maddy Duncan (Hamburg, Iowa) were joined by academic juniors Libby Baumert (Plattsmouth) and Samantha Stewart (Mount Ayr, Iowa).

Alcantara is completing her degree in kinesiology while Miller is an elementary education major. Duncan and Stewart are both studying kinesiology while Baumert is an education major.

To be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

These five, along with their Bobcat teammates, were also recognized as an NAIA Scholar Team. The women's team finished with a cumulative 3.37 team grade point average for the 2021-22 academic year.