Four Mississippi athletes up for NCAA Woman of the Year

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Four Mississippi athletes have been nominated for the NCAA’s 2019 Woman of the Year award. 

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.

Among the 585 nominees are Southern Miss’ Olawumi Akinniyi (Track, Soccer) & Chase Nelson (Softball), Mississippi Valley State’s Laadi Issaka (Soccer) and Ole Miss’ CeCe Kizer (Soccer).

To see the full list of nominees – click here 

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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