Kristen Confroy of the Maryland women’s basketball team has been selected as the Big Ten Conference nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced this week.
— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) August 17, 2018
Confroy is among 154 candidates across all three NCAA divisions (including 58 NCAA Division I students) nominated for this year’s honor, which has been presented annually since 1991 and recognizes the nation’s top senior female student-athlete who has excelled in the award’s four pillars of academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Confroy, one of Maryland’s two 2018 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, graduated in May with her bachelor’s degree in biology and a concentration in neurobiology and physiology. The Solon, Ohio, native was president of the Maryland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2017-18 academic year and was a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection, as well as a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree.
A four-year letterwinner as a guard on the Maryland women’s basketball team, Confroy helped the Terrapins to three Big Ten titles and three conference tournament crowns, along with four NCAA Tournament berths, two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and a trip to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
A two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient and 2018 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection, she ranks second in school history with 217 career three-point field goals made and third in the Maryland record books with a .405 career three-point percentage.
Confroy, who received a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship in May, will continue her academic career this fall, enrolling in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, comprised of representatives from NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each NCAA division — for this year’s award. From the top 30, the committee will then determine the top three honorees in each division, with those nine finalists revealed in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will ultimately select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year recipient from those nine finalists, with the top 30 honorees recognized and the award winner announced at a ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.