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Women's Basketball's Pickering Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Women's Basketball's Pickering Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Recent Babson College graduate and women's basketball standout Giovanna Pickering '17 was announced as one of a record 554 nominees for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award on Tuesday afternoon.

Pickering, who graduated in May with a 3.28 cumulative grade-point average and concentrations in finance and marketing, stared in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the community throughout her time at Babson. She made the dean's list six times in eight semesters and cemented her legacy as one of the top players in program history with an outstanding senior campaign.

Pickering averaged 18.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.8 steals on her way to earning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year honors. She led the program to its seventh conference tournament championship in nine years, and then helped the Beavers defeat a pair of ranked foes to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the fifth time in school history.

A three-time all-league honoree, Pickering was named to the D3hoops.com All-America fourth team and earned an All-America honorable mention nod from Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) this past winter. She graduated as the Beavers' all-time leader with 376 assists, is ranked fourth all-time in steals (245) and seventh in scoring with 1,538 points.

Along with her academic and athletic accomplishments, Pickering was involved with many community events during her time at Babson. She took part in an event sponsored by Doctors Without Borders that sent medical supply packs to the Philippines, Cycle for Survival, and the Dream Big! Program with her teammates. Inspired by her marketing management course she also helped prepare and deliver meals to the homeless, and was part of a program that helped female inmates at the South Middlesex Correctional Center research and develop business ideas to be executed upon their release.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee picks the Top 30 – 10 each from Division I, II and III, and then cuts its list down to three finalists from each division before announcing its winner on October 22, 2017.