ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Recent graduate Katie Healy has been selected as St. Bonaventure's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, named among 517 female student-athletes including eight from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Now in its 26th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Healy finished one of the best careers in Bonaventure women's basketball history earlier this year after leading the Bonnies to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named First Team All-Atlantic 10, her second first team honor and third all-conference selection overall, by scoring 15.3 points with 6.8 rebounds per game. Healy finished the regular season as the only player in the Atlantic 10 to rank among the conference's top 15 in scoring, rebounding, blocks, field goal percentage and assists per game.
She will go down as one of the all-time greats in Bona history, finishing her career as one of just two players in program history with over 1,600 points and 800 rebounds. Healy ranks fourth in Bona career scoring (1,708 points), third in rebounds (833), first in blocks (155), fourth in made field goals (624) and free throws (453), fourth in double-figure performances (88) and tied seventh in field goal percentage (46.8 percent).
Also a standout in the classroom, she was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team this year with a 3.46 cumulative GPA and also began her Masters of Business Administration while concurrently completing her undergraduate degree in marketing. Along with her success in the classroom and on the court, she also participated in numerous team volunteer activities to make a difference in the community.
Of the record number of nominees, 231 competed at the Division I level.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony this fall.
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