INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lakota Beatty and Tori Roe from Oral Roberts University are two of a record 585 female college athletes nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Beatty, an All-Summit League Women's Basketball First Team selection in her senior campaign, led the Golden Eagles averaging 15.1 points per game. The Anadarko, Oklahoma, native was one of the league leaders in overall field-goal percentage and three-point shooting, while she recorded a career high 35 points at North Dakota February 16.
Roe capped her brilliant career with ORU volleyball earning All-Summit League First Team honors and also landed on the Academic All-Summit League team in 2018. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, ended her time with the Golden Eagles ranked third in program history in total digs (1,627) and digs per set (3.75) following a career-best 554 digs as a senior, which ranked 24th in the nation during the regular season.
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.
The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 nominees from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
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.
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