Ashley Rininger is Liberty's nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Recently graduated women's basketball player Ashley Rininger is Liberty's nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award, it was announced on Tuesday.
Rininger is among a record 517 nominees for the 26th Woman of the Year award, which honors graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
The native of Canton, Ohio, has certainly just done that, as evidenced by her lengthy list of awards. Most impressively, she won the 2016 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, as well as making back-to-back (2015 and 2016) appearances on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® NCAA Division I women's basketball first team. The seventh-leading scorer (1,380 points) in program history, Rininger completed three degrees during her time at Liberty, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout.
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. Each conference then assesses each nominee's eligibility and selects up to two conference nominees. The conference nominees are then forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees, including 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then choose from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year. The winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 16.
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