CAA Selects Kelsey Buchanan as Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
RICHMOND, Va. – University of Delaware women’s basketball standout Kelsey Buchanan (South Riding, Va./Freedom HS) was selected Friday as one of two student-athletes from the Colonial Athletic Association to be nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. In order to qualify for the award, nominees must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport, graduated no later than the end of the 2014 summer term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
Buchanan earned All-CAA First Team honors this season after ranking third in the conference in scoring (17.1 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (8.5 rpg). She was also named to the CAA All-Tournament team after leading the Blue Hens to the conference title game for the fourth year in a row. The forward was honored as UD’s Most Valuable Player as the Blue Hens advanced to post-season play for the fifth consecutive season by competing in the WNIT. In addition to her scoring and rebounding numbers, Buchanan ranked among the CAA’s top 10 in field goal percentage (.465/sixth), free throw percentage (.801/sixth) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg/sixth).
Off of the court, Buchanan was a four-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient and she was selected to the CAA All-Academic team in women’s basketball in 2013-14. She graduated from Delaware with a degree in administration and family policy and plans to attend graduate school at George Washington University this fall to pursue a career in counseling.
A community leader, Buchanan has been involved with Special Olympics, assisted with the CAA Food Drive, served as an intern and mentor at Gilpin Manor Elementary School, worked as a student admissions officer and participated in a mission trip to South Africa as a member of the Delaware Christian Athletes. In recognition of those activities, she was a nominee for the WBCA Allstate Good Works Award.
Two-time CAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year Kaitlin Burke of Towson University was the league’s other nominee.
The top 10 honorees in NCAA Division I, II and III will be announced in early September, followed by the top three honorees per division. The NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 19.