GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG’s all-time leader in career points, Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) has been named as one of 517 student-athletes for the 2016 Woman of the Year award. Mason capped off a stellar four-year career on the hardwood for the Spartans this spring leaving her name plastered across the UNCG women’s basketball record books.
“It is truly an honor to be considered for such a prestigious award,” said Mason. “This award highlights the achievements and individual has made in academics, athletics, service and leadership. I am humbled and beyond blessed to be representing UNCG.”
This year’s 517 nominees marks the largest since the Woman of the Year inception 26-years ago. Mason is one of 231 Division I student-athletes while 117 Division two and 169 Division III athletes have also been named.
The nominees represent 21 different sports and 127 of this year’s nominees were multi-sport athletes in college.
Mason, a double major in Economics and African American and African Diaspora studies, graduated in December with a 3.80 grade point average. She averaged 22.0 points per game ranking top-15 in the nation and led the team with a program-record 660 points this season. In December she shattered a 26-year old record and finished her career with 1,907 points.
She was named All-Southern Conference First Team in both the coaches and media polls after being named SoCon Player of the week three times, Player of the Month twice and Student Athlete of the Week twice. She became the first Spartan in program history to win back-to-back women’s basketball SoCon Player of the Month Awards.
After her season ended the awards continued to pile up on Mason’s already impressive resume at UNCG. She was a member of the 2016 WBCA ‘So You Want to be a Coach’ program and was named CoSIDA Academic All-America, the first in UNCG women’s basketball history.
Mason holds eight program records including all-time leading scorer and ranks in the top-10 in eight other categories.
The next step for the NCAA Woman of the Year award is the conferences assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. Mason is joined by only one other nominee in the Southern Conference this year, Alicia Payne of Chattanooga.
The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then chose the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three from each division and announces the nine finalists in September.
To view the list of school nominees, click here.