PHILADELPHIA – University of the Sciences women's basketball senior Alex Thomas has been selected as the University's nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
Thomas became just the second player in program history to earn All-CACC (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) honors in each of her four years after being named All-CACC First Team for the third year in a row in 2018-19.
She was also named All-Region for the time, before ending her career with a WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) Honorable Mention All-America nod.
Thomas helped lead University of the Sciences to one of its most successful seasons in program history in 2018-19, culminating with the Devils hosting the first NCAA Regional in the history of the University.
USciences won its third straight CACC South title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the third year in a row, the only team in the East Region to do so.
Thomas graduated as the Division II active leader with an 88.7 career free throw percentage, which is also the highest in program history. She is also the program's all-time leader in both games played (126) and started (123).
The Hockessin, Del. native ranks second in the program's career annals in 3-pointers (235), fourth in points (1,780) and field goals (627), and eighth in free throws (291).
Academically, Thomas was voted on to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. An Occupational Therapy major, she is a two-time Dean's List honoree with a 3.34 grade point average.
She and her teammates have been involved with numerous initiatives within the community, including partnering with Athletes Helping Athletes to provide gameday experiences for the local special needs athletes.
Women's basketball has also participated in the athletic department initiative Adopt-A-Family, and has raised money for numerous organizations including Play 4 Kay and the Suicide Prevention Walk.