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Lindsay Anderson sent off her letters of recommendation for a national NAIA award in February and promptly forgot about it.

She’s pretty busy that time of year.

Majoring in accounting and business finance is not easy.

She tutors other students in four accounting and business courses. She’s a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Hansen Leadership Program, and, as Doane’s leading scorer, she squeezes in a little basketball, too.

When May came around, the guard from Holdrege, Neb., learned that award she had forgotten about had her name on it. Lindsay is the first Doane student athlete to receive the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics prestigious Emil S. Liston Award.

The award presented annually by Daktronics recognizes a male and female junior basketball player based on scholarship, character and playing ability, honoring the memory of the NAIA's first executive director Emil S. Liston, founder of the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB).

The NAIA exists to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics and Lindsay, award documents say, “is a great example of how academic and athletic success can walk hand-in-hand.”

A nationally acclaimed basketball player and a team leader on and off the court, Lindsay registered a career high 34 points last season and became Doane's leading scorer (18.2 ppg).

She is an NAIA scholar-athlete and Great Plains Athletic Conference scholar-athlete and the quickest player in Doane history to reach 1,000 career points. She also ranks in the top 10 in all-time scoring.

The award will be another great memory from her years at Doane. Lindsay chose Doane because she wanted to keep playing basketball after her high-school career had ended. Once she met the basketball coaches and saw the campus, she knew Doane was the best choice.

“I really liked the smaller campus and the atmosphere.”

She’s the first to tell you it’s not easy.

Adding athletics to the college years is a time commitment and sometimes a juggling act.

“It gets crazy sometimes trying to handle a large course load and participate in basketball but it has taught me very good time management skills and has helped me realize that even though it doesn't feel like it at times, I can handle a lot.”

Besides, she says, the basketball program has given her some of the best friends and best memories of her life, from the team’s trip to a Virgin Islands tournament to the moments with teammates “just hanging out.”

She has given them some of their best moments as well.

Tracee R. Fairbanks, Doane Women's Head Basketball Coach, calls Lindsay “the type of person, student and player that all friends want to be acquainted with, all professors want to educate and all coaches dream about coaching."

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