COSTA MESA, Calif. – Senior Taylor Belmont (Oregon City, Ore.) was recognized as a member of the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 4 women's basketball team on Thursday afternoon. The Lions' point guard was one of five players chosen in District 4 to move into the nationwide pool for the Academic All-American voting process.


Belmont, a senior studying Biological Sciences with a minor in Religion, boasts a 3.79 grade point average while starting on the nation's No. 1 basketball team. She is a captain on the undefeated squad and has started all 16 of the Lions' contests.


On the season, the five-foot-five-inch Belmont has accumulated four double-doubles and a triple-double for the Blue and Gold. She averages 13.9 points per game (11th GSAC) and leads the NAIA in assists per game (7.9). With 127 assists, Belmont ranks third nationwide in total assists and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio.


On the academic side, Belmont is a three-year (2010, 2011, 2012) recipient of Vanguard academic honors and a two-time Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete. She received the VU Champions of Character award in 2012 and was the conference's Leroy Walker nominee for the national award.


Belmont serves as a mentor (Lion) in Vanguard Athletics' Character Class and is a member of the Beyond Athletic Ministry (BAM) team. She leads a bible study with the women's basketball squad and has performed the spoken word in front of her peers at Vanguard's athletic chapel. This summer, Belmont plans to travel with a group of Lions' coaches and student-athletes to Tanzania, Africa for a mission's trip.