CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier today, the Big South Conference announced that Riley Popplewell (Union Mills, Ind.) of USC Upstate has been named the Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Popplewell is an education major with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Earlier this season Popplewell was named to the Google Academic All-District team voted on by College Sports Information Directors of America.
On the court, Popplewell has been a force between the blocks.
The Hoosier State native currently leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game.
The junior is also second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per contest. Popplewell currently ranks first in the conference in offensive rebounds with 117 and is third in the Big South in field goal percentage (.518).
Popplewell and the rest of the USC Upstate women’s basketball team will look to keep their season alive tomorrow night against Charleston Southern in the First Round of the Big South Conference Tournament. Tip-off for tomorrow night’s game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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