Troy’s Ashley Beverly Kelley Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – One of the all-time greats at Troy and in the Sun Belt Conference, Ashley Beverly Kelley is a nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.
Now in its 26th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
Beverly Kelley will go down as one of the best players in Troy women’s basketball history. The Adamsville, Ala., native is just the fourth player in Troy’s history with three all-conference selections, and just the second with multiple first team selections. In addition to leading the Sun Belt in scoring in all games (19.9), she also led the way in Sun Belt games with 21.5 points per game.
A Mid-Major All-American, Beverly Kelley is also an outstanding student-athlete off the court. During her career at Troy, Beverly Kelley spent countless hours mentoring local youth both about the game of basketball and their lives off the court. She was an Allstate WBCA Good Works Nominee and a Senior CLASS Award candidate.
Beverly Kelley scored in double figures 29 times her senior season, including 18 games with 20-plus points. Beverly Kelley finished her career with 1,973 points, the most in Troy’s Division I history, second most in its all-time history and the ninth most in Sun Belt history.
There are a record 517 honorees for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year, including 231 at the NCAA Division I level.
The Sun Belt Conference will assess each nominee’s eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 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 then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.