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TYLER, June 28, 2017 – UT Tyler senior KK Stevens has been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award for her on-field production and team leadership for the Patriot softball team along with her commitment to community service.
A catcher from Plano, Stevens completed her four-year UT Tyler career with 206 hits and drove in 160 runs. She helped led the Patriots to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship, the 2015 NCAA DIII runner-up and to a third-place finish in her senior season where UT Tyler went 36-6 and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA DIII Championship in Oklahoma City. Stevens is the program’s all-time leader with 208 games played, 92 walks and 1,039 putouts and third with 32 career home runs. Her final season saw her hit .387 with 14 home runs, 13 doubles and a career-best 52 RBI.
Stevens also served as the UT Tyler Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President and has been honored this year as an American Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor winner and ASC Academic All-Conference selection.
A record 543 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. The nominees competed in 21 different women’s sports, and 122 were multisport athletes during their time in college.
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.
Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
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