INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes—the most ever in the history of the program—for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Representing American University is graduate student Jen Dumiak, who helped guide the Eagles to their first-ever NCAA appearance in women's basketball.
Dumiak, a four-year starter for the Eagles, had a breakout season in 2014-15, leading AU during its historic run to the Patriot League Championship. Dumiak averaged 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while also dishing out a league-leading 6.2 assists per game, as the Eagles set a school record with 24 victories on the season.
Dumiak, who finished her career ranked second in all-time assists (478) and fourth in all-time points (1,399) at AU, has also been a star in the classroom.
After graduating in three years with a 3.95 GPA in mathematics and economics, Dumiak is currently pursuing her master's in mathematics, posting a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was selected as the Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America recognition.
Now in its 25th 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.
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 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.