LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – South Carolina basketball star Aaliyah Boston was named Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year on Monday night.
He received the Honda Cup at a ceremony at the Gallen Center on the University of Southern California campus. Boston coach Don Staley won the award as a basketball player in Virginia in 1991.
The junior forward is the first basketball player to win the award since Brenna Stewart in 2016. In total, 16 basketball players have won the Honda Cup – the most in any sport.
“It means a lot. A lot of these women are my role models,” said Boston. “Coach Staley was the previous winner. Candace Parker was my role model since I was nine years old.
Boston helped South Carolina to its second national championship last spring and was the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
Other finalists for the award were Oklahoma softball senior Jocelyn Allo and Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas.
“All these women on stage help with every game they play,” Boston said.
The top three were selected by voting of approximately 1,000 NCAA member schools, and the winner was chosen by the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards Program.
Chris Woelz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards, said: “The Honda Class of 2022 is a truly extraordinary group of women who have made remarkable achievements in their sport and classes.” “We are thrilled to have him join our elite family of ‘Best of the Best.
“To this year’s Honda Cup winner Aliyah Boston, we appreciate and congratulate your remarkable achievements that have led to your selection as the Cup winner and welcome to this rare fraternity that has been recognized as the nation’s finest woman.” Collegiate athlete named.”
More Associated Press Women’s College Basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https:// twitter.com/AP_Top25