Thirty women, selected from a group of nearly 430 nominees, have been chosen as the top honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Former Tennessee basketball standout Glory Johnson is among that esteemed group.
The top 30 women are composed of 10 honorees from each NCAA division and span various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists will be chosen from each division to form nine finalists for the award. The 2012 Woman of Year will be announced and the top 30 women will be honored during an Oct. 14 ceremony at the Indiana Convention Center's 500 Ballroom.
Johnson, who was nominated by UT and the Southeastern Conference, was among 133 student-athletes officially chosen by conferences as their candidates for NCAA Woman of the Year.
Currently playing for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, Johnson finished her Lady Vol career as a WBCA All-American and a Capital One Academic All-American in 2012. Additionally, she was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2011-12 after leading the conference in rebounds, ranking fifth in scoring and seventh in blocked shots. She was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12 and SEC Tournament MVP, as well, and is just the fourth Lady Vol ever to eclipse 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Johnson also was first-team All-SEC in 2011 and finished her stay at UT as the school's second-leading career rebounder before being selected fourth overall by the Shock in the 2012 WNBA Draft. She received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies at UT in just three years.
The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.87 grade-point average and more than 90 Academic All-America honors. Those young women also earned nearly 20 national championships (individual and team) and nearly 110 All-America honors.
The group volunteered for more than 375 organizations during their college career. Many of the individuals served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations as well.
Alecia Shields-Gadson of Coppin State, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair, described the extraordinary commitment to academics and athletics by each of the top 30 honorees.
"Being an NCAA student-athlete takes dedication to both academic and athletic excellence," said Shields-Gadson, who will chair the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee starting next month. "These women rose to that challenge and became leaders on the court, in the classroom and in their communities. The Woman of the Year honorees are excellent role models and will most certainly continue to make a positive impact on the world."
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