DENVER – Kansas City basketball player Eilise O’Connor has been selected by the Western Athletic Conference senior woman administrators to represent the WAC for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award acknowledges senior women student-athletes who have excelled in the areas of academic achievement, athletics, service and leadership.
A San Francisco native, O’Connor completed her degree in pre-dentistry in May with a 3.99 GPA. She was a first team Capital One Academic All-American®, was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, was a semifinalist for the Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award and was selected to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Allstate Good Works Team. O’Connor was also a repeat selection to the 10-member Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team and was also honored as the recipient of that organization’s postgraduate scholarship.
As a senior, O’Connor led the WAC and ranked 23rd nationally in scoring (21.4). She closed out her career in second place on the UMKC career scoring (1,777) and assists lists (479). The three-time team captain also broke both the Kansas City and WAC records for free throws in a game (22) and season (247).
A three-year member of the Kansas City Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), O’Connor served as SAAC President as a senior. During her time with the ‘Roos, she volunteered at Morning Glory Cafe Soup Kitchen, Berkeley School, Loch Lloyd Golf Tournament, St. Peter’s Basketball Clinic, the Boys & Girls Club and Operation Breakthrough. O’Connor also participated in the Harvester’s Food Drive and the Walk-a-Mile event.
A four-year member of Golden Key Honor Society, O’Connor is a two-time recipient of the Lee Hunt Award, presented to a basketball student-athlete who demonstrates academic ability, character and leadership. She also earned the 2014 Stan Durwood Award, which is presented to the male and female student-athlete with the highest GPA with a minimum of 100 hours passed, and the 2014 UMKC Above and Beyond Award, which is presented to the student-athlete that best excelled in all the areas of athletic performance, academic excellence and humanitarianism/community service.
O’Connor was one of 446 female student-athletes nominated for the honor, including 205 that competed in Division I. Each conference selects up to two women from the nominees of its member institutions to represent the conference. The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from the conference nominees. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September.
The 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The WAC also received nominations for its 2014 Woman of the Year candidate from Idaho (basketball player Alyssa Charlston) and Seattle U (soccer player Julia Besagno).