January Nominated for NCAA Woman of Year Award
Aug. 2, 2017
CHICAGO – Women’s basketball star Jessica January has been nominated by the BIG EAST Conference for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
January was a 2017 Summa Cum Laude graduate at DePaul and earned 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. The point guard was honored with the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award.
She was also a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree, selected by the Connecticut Sun in the third round of the 2017 WNBA Draft and was a Senior CLASS Award Finalist.
January was voted BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches heading into the 2016-17 season. She got off to a fast start as the Maggie Dixon Classic MVP and being named to the all-tournament team of the prestigious Gulf Coast Showcase in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Her best stretch of the season came in consecutive 25-point performances against Alabama-Birmingham (25 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals), Northwestern (25 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals) and Western Kentucky (25 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals).
She was leading DePaul in scoring and among the NCAA leaders in assists when she suffered a broken finger during the Blue Demons’ BIG EAST opener at Georgetown.
After being sidelined for two months, the CoSIDA Academic All-American returned with a flourish. In just her second game back, January filled out the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 79-70 victory over Georgetown. It was the second triple-double of her career and third in Blue Demon history.
Her comeback continued in helping DePaul advance to the BIG EAST tournament title game, and January was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
She finished strong in the final game of her career with 18 points and nine assists in a NCAA Tournament Second Round loss to host Mississippi State that went on to upset Connecticut in the Final Four before falling to South Carolina in the title game.
January finished the season averaging 15 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. She graduated from DePaul fourth all-time in career assists (554), tied for seventh in career steals (238), 10th all-time in field goals (568) and No. 17 in points with 1,530.
From a program-record pool of 543 school nominees, 145 female student-athletes have been nominated by conferences and an independent selection committee for consideration for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The nominees represent college athletes from 16 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 58 nominees competed in Division I, 34 in Division II and 53 in Division III.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
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