Ridgewood graduate Audrey Tingle nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
Audrey Tingle, of West Liberty University and the former Ridgewood High School, has been selected as the Mountain East Conference nominee for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award, announced Monday by the NCAA.
The women’s basketball star wrote herself in the school and national record books during her playing career at West Liberty. A first-team All-Mountain East Conference and All-Atlantic Region selection, Tingle also earned an honorable mention to the WBCA Coaches All-America Team after setting an NCAA Division II season record with six triple-doubles. . His 7 career triple-doubles are tied for the most in NCAA Division II history.
“We couldn’t be more excited as a team for Audrey to receive this recognition and nomination,” coach Kyle Cooper said. “Not just because it’s one of the highest honors she can get, but because we’ve had a front row seat to her journey, she really deserved it and she’s just special. Audrey is everything. which sits well with our industry and is a true representation of what it means to be a student-athlete doing things the right way and our program and our institution are more than lucky to have that in part.”
In class, the West Lafayette native maintained a perfect 4.00 grade point average while pursuing her MBA last season after graduating, also with a perfect 4.00 GPA, in speech-language pathology and audiology. . She is currently finishing her MBA and is expected to start working on her master’s in speech-language pathology and audiology this fall when she returns to the top as a student assistant coach.
Tingle was named NCAA Division II Academic All-American of the Year for Women’s Basketball as well as MEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2022. She is the second female student-athlete from WLU to earn a conference nomination for the NCAA. Woman of the Year award, joining Victoria Hansen, who achieved recognition in 2011.
Established in 1991, the award recognizes female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, athletics, and academia throughout their college careers.
NCAA member schools nominated 577 women for this year’s edition of the national award. The conference offices then considered all applicants from their member schools. Nationally, conference bureaus submitted 151 nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year, including 39 from the Division II level. The average GPA of this year’s pool of applicants is 3.8.
Then, the conference-level nominations will go to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which will choose the top 10 winners from each of the three NCAA divisions. The NCAA will announce the top 30 honorees in October.
From these 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three finalists for each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony at the NCAA convention in January.
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