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Andreassen Named NCAA Women of the Year Nominee by Big Sky

OGDEN, Utah - Tempe native Kristi Andreassen of Northern Arizona and Sarah Ena of Montana have been nominated by the Big Sky Conference for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.

Andreassen, a Marcos de Niza High School product, graduated from NAU in December 2010 with her degree in Exercise Science. She played soccer at Northern Arizona where she was named to the All-Big Sky first team three times,  and was Big Sky Defensive Most Valuable Player her senior season. She earned numerous academic awards including CoSida/ESPN Academic All-American of the Year in Division I and was one of thirty candidates nationwide chosen for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.  She was also a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner. She led NAU with six goals, 15 points and three game-winning goals.

Ena graduated from Montana in the spring with a 3.44 grade point average as a communication studies major. She played for the basketball team where she was named Most Valuable Player of the Lady Griz Holiday Classic, an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference performer, a member of the Big Sky Conference all-tournament team, a member of NCAA tournament teams, and the No. 19 scorer in Lady Griz history. She was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team three years.

The NCAA Woman's of the Year continues to grow with a record of 471 nominations received for this year's program. Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration. To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term, and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. 

A committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and athletic conferences will select 10 nominees from each of the three divisions to compose the Top 30 nominees, who will be announced in late August.  The selection committee will then narrow the Top 30 to three finalists from each division to form the Top Nine, which will be announced in early September.  From the Top Nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the national winner. The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 16.