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Fasnacht Honored as Big South Woman of Year

June 16, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Allyson Fasnacht is Liberty's second straight Big South Woman of the Year honoree.

Allyson Fasnacht is Liberty's second straight Big South Woman of the Year honoree.

The Big South Conference announced today that Liberty women's basketball player Allyson Fasnacht has been named the Big South Conference's Woman of the Year for 2007-08.

Fasnacht (Sr., G, Salem, Va.) is Liberty's second consecutive Big South Woman of the Year honoree. In 2007, track & field standout Arlene Zelinskas was recognized by the conference.

Fasnacht was a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Flames and helped Liberty capture three Big South regular-season and tournament championships, as well as three NCAA Tournament berths – including Liberty's run to the Sweet 16 in 2005. She was the MVP of the 2006 Big South Championship, was a Big South All-Freshman team selection in 2005, and was named first-team all-conference in 2006.

Fasnacht was honored as the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's basketball in 2007-08 and was a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection during her career. In addition, she was named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll three times, was team captain her junior and senior seasons, and was a two-time member of the Big South Women's Basketball All-Academic Team. She appeared in 124 career games for Liberty with 95 starts, scoring 672 points while handing out 326 career assists.

The point guard, who graduated with a 3.89 grade-point average in sports management and is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Liberty, helped the Lady Flames earn a spot on the WBCA Academic National Top 25 Team Honor Roll in 2005-06 and 2006-07. She recently won Liberty's Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, the university's highest athletic honor presented each year to a senior student-athlete. She also received the inaugural Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership Award this past spring.

During her career, Fasnacht volunteered for Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraisers, volunteered at a local retirement community, served as a camp counselor at various women's basketball camps, participated in youth basketball clinics, served on the Liberty Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was involved in the Salvation Army's Christmas Child initiative from 2004-07 and participated in a mission trip with Athletes in Action in 2005.

As the Big South Woman of the Year, Fasnacht is nominated as a candidate for the national NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA also allows conferences to nominate a second candidate if one of the two student-athletes is a minority. Winthrop softball player Stephanie Reid, a finalist for the Big South Woman of the Year award, is also nominated by the conference for the NCAA award.

Also nominated for Big South Woman of the Year were Charleston Southern softball player Jill Shondel, High Point soccer player Alex Torriero, UNC Asheville soccer player Shoshana Fried, Radford tennis player Cassandra Price, VMI soccer player Alexa Bernas and Winthrop volleyball player Tara Toepke.

"I am always amazed at the accomplishments of our Woman of the Year nominees, and this year is no different," said Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. "These are outstanding young women who deserve this recognition and praise. They represent the highest ideals of collegiate athletics in the Big South."

The NCAA will announce the top 10 winners per Division in August, then the top three winners per Division in September. The national winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 19. The Big South had its first national finalist in 2005, when Winthrop's Janiva Willis was named one of the 10 finalists.