July 6, 2000 ACU TODAY Spring 2000
A pair of Wildcat basketball standouts received numerous post-season honors for their work on the court and in the classroom during the 1999-00 season.
Senior center Jackie Bucher of the ACU women’s team and junior forward Peter Kiganya of the men’s team were each honored after posting fine campaigns.
Bucher, a pre-season all-America selection from Denver, Colo., lived up to that billing. She led all of women’s college basketball in field goal percentage (69.6 percent), and was second in that category in all of college basketball – any division, male or female – to North Carolina center Brendan Haywood.
Bucher, who averaged 21.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, was a first team all-Lone Star Conference South Division selection, and an academic all-LSC selection as well.
She was the leading vote-getter on the all-south central region team, and was named first team GTE academic all-District VI and third team GTE academic all-America.
Bucher also was named first team all-America by COSIDA/Daktronics and honorable mention all-America by Kodak/WBCA and Division II Bulletin.
She finished her playing career as the 11th all-time leading scorer in school history and led ACU to the LSC post-season tournament with a record of 14-13.
Bucher finished her Wildcat career with 29 double-doubles (double figures in both scoring and rebounding in the same game), including 14 this past season.
Kiganya had a season to remember as well, averaging 19.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The junior from Nairobi, Kenya, became just the 17th player in the 81-year history of ACU basketball to score more than 500 points in one season with his total of 515 in the 1999-00 season.
Kiganya was named the LSC South Division co-Player of the Year, and also was a first team selection to the south central all-region team as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Kiganya led ACU in scoring in 22 of 26 games and in rebounding in 17 of 26 games. He was second in the LSC in scoring and fourth in rebounding.
The ACU men’s team finished with a record of 12-14.