From CAA Reports
RICHMOND, Va., June 29, 2011 -- Dawn Evans (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) of James Madison and Tiffany Yovino of Hofstra have been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association nominees for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport, graduated no later than the end of the 2011 summer term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
Evans was selected as the 2011 CAA women’s basketball Player of the Year and received honorable mention All-America accolades for the second year in a row. She led JMU to its second consecutive CAA championship and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer for the second time. Evans ranked second in the nation in scoring (23.1 ppg) this season and became the all-time leading scorer in JMU and CAA history with 2,667 points. The Dukes’ guard was chosen as the Player of the Year in the state of Virginia, was on the “watch lists” for the Wooden Award, Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy as the nation’s top player, and was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the country. She received first-team All-CAA honors for the third straight year and made the WBCA All-Region squad for the second straight season.
Evans has excelled on the court despite battling a degenerative kidney disease (FSGS) that causes her kidneys to function at only 20 percent. To help raise awareness, she serves as an Ambassador for The NephCure Foundation, which funds research to find a cause and a cure for kidney disease. She has spent numerous hours counseling young children who are afflicted with the disease. Evans was honored with the 2011 V Foundation Comeback Award, which is given to a collegiate basketball student-athlete who has accomplished personal triumph in the face of true adversity. She was also the recipient of the CAA’s John Randolph Inspiration Award in 2010 and was a finalist for the Honda Inspiration Award and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Yovino was chosen as the 2010 CAA women’s soccer Player of the Year and received third-team All-America honors from the NSCAA. A four-year starter at midfielder, she scored 12 goals and added two assists this season for a Hofstra squad that set a school record for victories (19-3) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Pride captured the CAA regular-season title with a perfect 11-0 record, becoming the first CAA team to go undefeated and untied in league play since 1998. A three-time first-team All-CAA selection, Yovino was part of more wins (58) than any other player in Hofstra history and will have her jersey retired by the university next fall.
Yovino was as equally successful in the classroom, earning first-team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA and the NSCAA. Last March, she became the first Hofstra student-athlete to be awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Yovino, who is a four-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient, was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta history national honor society. She has also participated in numerous community service projects, including working at the Northeast Youth Sports Association Fun Camp and taking part in Hofstra’s “Let All The Children Play” event where she worked with children with disabilities.
The top 10 honorees in NCAA Division I, II and III will be announced in August, followed by the top three honorees per division in September. The NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 16.