BANGOR, Maine - Women's basketball standout Kenzie Worcester has been named Husson University's nomination for the 2018-19 NCAA and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Woman of the Year award. A record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award with 192 nominees from Division III schools. For the NAC, seven female student-athletes were nominated for the prestigious award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III student-athlete experience.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
The NAC Woman of the Year award is modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program. The female winner of the prestigious NAC award will be announced July 18, respectively, and will be honored on their campus during the 2019-20 academic year.
Kenzie Worcester won four NAC Women's Basketball Championships at Husson University, and was named the Tournament MVP each time. She was named the 2019 NAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and racked up dozens of weekly and seasonal honors from the NAC, NEWBA, MWBCA, and D3hoops.com. She represented Husson and the NAC at the 2019 NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic and finished her career with the second-most points in Eagles program history (1869). Worcester graduated in May with a 3.7 GPA in Physical Therapy and will continue in the Physical Therapy Doctoral program at Husson in the fall. She volunteered at several physical therapy clinics throughout her studies, and also served as a youth sports referee, coach, and mentor in the Husson community as well as her hometown of Washburn, Maine.
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