ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure Class of 2018 graduate Mariah Ruff has been selected as the Bonnies' NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, officials announced Monday.
One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. The 2018 Atlantic 10 institutional Woman of the Year nominees are recognized for being standout citizens with robust academic success, complimented by competitive athletic resumes, while sustaining dynamic leadership in their communities. The A-10 candidates have noteworthy credentials, including All-American and Academic All-America honors, conference championships and All-Conference award winners, NCAA Championship success, and campus involvement, including serving as student-athlete leaders.
An All-Atlantic 10 women's basketball selection as a senior earlier this year, she finished the 2017-18 campaign as the leading scorer in league play at 19.6 points per game against Atlantic 10 competition. She was also the only Atlantic 10 player to rank in the league top five for assists and scoring this year. For the year, she ranked fifth in the league with 17.0 ppg while also standing second in assists with 5.0 apg. Her 76 three-pointers were fifth-most among all A-10 players.
Ruff was the only player in the league to deliver four 30-point games, all against A-10 competition including in Bona's Atlantic 10 Tournament first round game at George Mason. Her 151 assists ranked second in the conference and are the most by any Bonnies player in a season since 1992-93.
In future years, Ruff will certainly be remembered as one of the program's top all-time players.
Ruff finished her Bonnies career standing fourth in career assists (427), fifth in three-pointers (202) and eighth in scoring (1,446 points) while ranking as one of only four players in program history to both score 1,000 points and hand out 400 assists. She's also the first Bonnies player to post over 100 assists in three consecutive seasons since Suzie Dailer did so from 1992-95.
Away from the court, Ruff left her mark academically and within the community as well.
This past season, she was honored as part of the Atlantic 10's All-Academic Team for her success in the classroom and she earned her degree in chemistry in May with a cumulative GPA of 3.45. She was also active in community service projects including many activities with local youth at the YMCA, reading with elementary students and was active in support of Special Olympics.
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