INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former American University women's basketball standout Emily Kinneston was selected as AU's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced last week.
A record-breaking 581 female student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions were nominated for the prestigious award, including 251 from Division I.
Kinneston will move on to consideration by the 10-member Patriot League to potentially earn a national-level selection. The league can choose up to two candidates from the pool of eight PL student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.
The Shelburne, Vt., etched her name in AU women's basketball history this year, helping lead the team to its second Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament berth after a record-breaking 26-7 season, including a program-record 17-0 run. This rounded out one of the most successful careers in program history after she was also a member of the program's first conference championship team as a freshman in 2015.
To cap off her senior season, Kinneston became only the fifth player in Patriot League history to be selected as both the PL Women's Basketball Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season. She was also the third player in program history to be selected as an All-ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) All-Star and was voted as the Patriot League All-Tournament Team after averaging 20.7 ppg during the three-game run to the championship.
Kinneston became the 18th player in program history to reach the prestigious 1,000-point milestone and closed her career with 1,128 points to rank 12th all-time. She also landed in several of the program's all-time top-ten lists, ranking third for season scoring average (15.4 ppg), sixth for season points (493), and fourth for career free throw percentage (.798).
A three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and two-time Patriot League All-Academic Team honoree, Kinneston graduated in May with a degree in biology.
Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their careers.
The top 30 honorees, 10 from each of the NCAA's three divisions, will be recognized and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 28.
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Patriot League Nominees
Emily Kinneston (American, women's basketball)
Rachel Bloznalis (Boston University, soccer)
Meghan Kovac (Bucknell, softball)
Breanne Wilson-Bennett (Colgate, hockey and track & field)
Zoe A Matherne (Holy Cross, cross country and track & field)
Meghan Thompson (Lehigh, swimming & diving)
Frankie Kamely (Loyola Maryland, lacrosse)
Jenna Collins (Navy, lacrosse)