This is the fourth annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team and it consist of 21 student-athletes. Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have reached sophomore athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He/she must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his/her designated position.
A 5-11 sophomore guard from Joliet, Ill., Quigley carries a 3.83 GPA in Physical Education. On the court, Quigley averaged 15 points per game while hitting a team-high 60 three-point field goals. She had 107 assists and 49 steals while helping the Blue Demons to a 27-7 record and the program's first-ever appearance in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. She was the only sophomore named to the team.
"We are very proud of these winners," says Jean Lenti Ponsetto, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at DePaul University. "They personify the definition of ‘student-athlete' and we are proud to have our Association affiliated with such a quality group of individuals."
A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors was responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; Jerry Baker, Charleston; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Gary Cunningham, UC Santa Barbara; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Mike Herman, Niagara; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; John Planek, Loyola (Ill.); and Scott Street, Texas Pan American.
Now in its fifth year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 90 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. The Association is administered by NACDA, now in its 41st year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers nine professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director.
2005-06 I-AAA Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team
Name Institution Yr GPA Major
Stephanie Hawk Gonzaga Jr 3.58 Business
Megan Liffick Evansville Sr 3.31 Exercise Science
Amber Renee Mason Longwood Sr 3.71 Criminology/Criminal Justice
Sarah McIlwraith Saint Louis Jr 3.93 Early Childhood Education
Brooke Meyer Denver So 3.90 Finance/Real Estate
Iva Milevoj Winthrop Sr 3.87 Marketing
Allie Quigley* DePaul So 3.83 Physical Education
Faith Schutte St. Joseph's Sr 3.86 English
Michaela Vezenkova UNC Wilmington Jr 4.00 Political Science
Amber Wirth Long Island Sr 3.79 Media Arts
Honorable Mention: Whitney Cave, Siena; Caitie Goddard, Detroit Mercy; Stacey Gooden, Texas Pan American; Carolyn Kieger, Marquette; and Rachael Vanerwal, Boston University.
* Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Allie Quigley Named Scholar-Athlete of Year
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