INDIANAPOLIS – Sarah Abbonizio of the women's basketball team is University of the Sciences' 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year nomination.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2018, more than 200,000 women are college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 581 nominations for this prestigious award – 131 of which were from Division II.
Abbonizio was the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Year. The accolades did not stop there as the senior was also the 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year, a D2CCA East Region First Team selection, a member of the NCAA All-East Regional Team, a 2017-18 CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District honoree, and the Dec. 2017 CACC Student-Athlete of the Month.
Abbonizio graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in May and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She boasts a 3.83 GPA and has earned Dean's List Honors in each of eight semesters at the University. She is a three-time CACC All-Academic Team member and was a 2016-17 D2ADA Academic Achievement Award recipient.
As part of the women's basketball team, Abbonizio helped raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Play 4 Kay initiative, Alzheimer's, and Autism Speaks. She also participated in Trunk-or-Treat and Adopt-A-Family, and hosted honorary captains from Athletes Helping Athletes.
Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees to move forward. Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.
The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.