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Bethany’s Wilson Earns NCAA Honor

Aug. 1 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College graduate Annie Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) was recently selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) honoree for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, leadership and community service. NCAA schools nominated 429 individuals for the national award and a quarter of those honorees received the additional recognition by their sport conference for outstanding achievement in their collegiate career.

An announcement of the Top 30 honorees, 10 from each NCAA division, will be made in early September and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during an awards dinner Sunday, October 14th in Indianapolis.

Wilson completed a stellar academic and athletic career at Bethany in May when she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Media Arts. She finished with a GPA better than 3.7, served as the Senior Fellow for the Communications Department and was the Senior Office Associate in the President’s Office. Wilson was also the co-editor-in-chief of The Tower, Bethany’s student newspaper, President of the Mass Comm Club and recipient of the Yurko Award, which is presented to the Communication senior with the highest scholastic average in the major.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Wilson also interned at the Gov. Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine, and has served as a volunteer at the Wheeling Soup Kitchen.

On the basketball floor, Wilson was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at point guard for the Bison. She was a two-time All-PAC selection, earning Honorable Mention status in 2010 and 2012 and twice led the team in scoring, assists and steals. As a senior, while averaging a career-high 11.0 points per game, Wilson became just the 15th women’s player in Bethany history to surpass 1,000 career points and ranks 14th in school history with 1,078 points.

Also during her senior campaign, Wilson helped Bethany finish with a 17-12 record, their highest win total since 2004. The Bison would reach the PAC Tournament semifinals and earn a bid to the ECAC Tournament for the program’s first postseason appearance since ’04. Bethany knocked off Marywood (Pa.) University on the road in the opening round to advance to the ECAC semifinals.

This is not the first time the NCAA has acknowledged the success of exceptional female student-athletes at Bethany. In the mid-1990’s, when the association named one winner per state instead of by conference, four women from Bethany were recognized in a six-year period. Those winners included Lorraine Ramhoff in 1993, Nicole Mazur in 1994, Kelly Hindman in 1996 and Kathleen McGowan in 1998.