GC Soccer’s Graham One of Nine from PBC Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Bobcat Soccer alum Ashlee Graham
Bobcat Soccer alum Ashlee Graham

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The field of nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year was announced by the organization Wednesday. Among the 585 total nominees is Georgia College Soccer's Ashlee Graham (Decatur).

A four-year starter at goalkeeper, Graham was named a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District selection.  She has been named Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Academic three times, PBC Presidential Honor Roll three times and received the D2ADA Academic Achievement award.  She graduated with a degree in exercise science.

Twice named to the PBC All-Conference team, she led the PBC in shutouts, minutes, saves and save percentage in 2018 and was second in goals against average.  Her 348 career saves is fifth on the PBC all-time career list.  She is also 12th in all-time career shutouts and 13th in career goals against average.

Graham is also one of nine nominees from the PBC on this year's list.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

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.

The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 nominees from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.

Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.

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