GW Women's Hoops' Miller Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete Award Recipient Among 480 Nominees Nationally
June 16, 2015
WASHINGTON - Recent George Washington women's basketball graduate Chakecia Miller has been named GW's nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Now in its 25th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. This year, 480 student-athletes were nominated, the most in the history of the program.
The recipient of the Lynn George Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete Award, Miller now advances to the Atlantic 10 Conference ballot. From there, deserving candidates will be selected to advance to the national ballot.
A candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes the all-around student-athlete, Miller finished her four-year career ranked fourth all-time at GW with 275 steals and 10th with 385 assists, and her 125 career games played are tied for the seventh-most ever by a Colonial. The point guard, who earned Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team honors as a junior, started every game in 2014-15, averaging 6.9 points per game and ranked third in the conference in steals (2.1 spg), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and eighth in assists (3.8 apg) as the No. 19/25 Colonials won their first A-10 title since 2003 and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 while setting a program record with 29 wins.
In the classroom, Miller graduated with a 3.21 grade-point average as a psychology major. The recipient of the team's 2013-14 Academic Success Award, she was recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll twice and is a four-time Dean's List honoree. In addition, she was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholar in 2013-14.
Miller has accumulated more than 50 hours of community service during her time at GW. She was an active member of the Grassroot Project, which teaches HIV/AIDS awareness to at-risk middle school students, and she participated in Lemonade Day, which teaches children about entrepreneurship. In addition, the San Antonio, Texas, native took part in the D.C. Autism Speaks Walk, collected food for the Capital Area Food Bank, prepared food for the homeless with her teammates and played Bingo with residents of a home for senior citizens.
A three-year member of GW's Leadership Academy, Miller was also a two-time Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) team representative.
The Woman of the Year selection committee will choose 10 honorees from each division for a total of 30. From among the top 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2015 Woman of the Year from the top nine finalists. All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized and the 2015 Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.
To be eligible for the Woman of the Year Award, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport.
Former women's basketball standout Sarah-Jo Lawrence was the last Colonial to advance to the national ballot in 2008. Other previous national representatives from GW include Devin McCalla (gymnastics '02) and Lindsey Davidson (basketball '03).
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