The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership. In all, NCAA colleges and universities nominated 446 female student-athletes.
Each conference then selects up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference. The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from the conference nominees. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced in October.
Bowker, a four-year member of the Bonnies basketball team, graduated with honors in May 2013 and is now working toward a master's degree in elementary and special education.
This past season, she returned after an entire year off due to ankle surgeries and was the leader of a young team that finished second in the A-10, made the second round of the WNIT and won 24 games – the second most in school history. Bowker was a part of 99 wins over her career, which is a school record. The New Waterford, Ohio, native helped the Bonnies to four postseason berths including the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2012. One of the top three-point shooters in school history, she finished her career with 988 points.
Bowker led volunteer efforts at countless team, community and departmental events, many of which served special needs children and adults. A Dean's List student, she was recently named the women's winner of the Athletics Department's 2013-14 Merit Award, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement, significant athletic achievement, and meaningful contribution to the St. Bonaventure community.
To view the list of NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, click here.