Sunday, November 19, 2017

McGinnis named Midwest Conference Woman of the Year

2015 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee

Illinois College women’s basketball star Hannah McGinnis, a native of Tunnel Hill, has been named the 2015 Midwest Conference (MWC) Woman of the Year and the league’s nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Hannah McGinnis woman of yearHannah is the daughter of Patti and the late Mike McGinnis of Tunnel Hill and a 2011 graduate of Vienna High School.

NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes – the most ever in the history of the program – for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

On the court, McGinnis was the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Midwest Conference Player of the Year and finished her career tied atop the all-time MWC rebounding list with 1,008 boards and averaged a conference-best 11.1 rebounds per game in her career. She finished second all-time in Illinois College history in points (1,390) and is the all-time leader in rebounds.

This season McGinnis earned a number of national and regional awards including DIII News Preseason All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American recipient, Jostens Trophy Finalist, D3hoops.com All-Central Region Second Team and DIII News Fourth Team All-American.

Off the court, McGinnis has volunteered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Special Olympics, Girls on the Run and the Bob Love Basketball Camps. She also served on the Illinois College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was a Connections Leader, assisting with freshman orientation, and was the Pyschology Club treasurer.

“The MWC Woman of the Year honor is very special because not only does it award Hannah’s accomplishments on the basketball court, but also those in the classroom and community as well,” said Illinois College women’s basketball coach Lora Westling. “She has a relentless work ethic in all three areas and is fortunate to work with an incredible academic and student development staff at Illinois College. I think that Hannah would be the first to tell you that her well-rounded experience as a student athlete at IC and in the Midwest Conference has helped prepare her for an impactful future. She is a person that constantly pushes the standards of excellence higher and I am incredibly proud of the young woman she has become. We are excited that the MWC Woman of the Year is a member of the Illinois College family and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Hannah.”

A four-time academic all-conference honoree, McGinnis was a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society and earned the Eleanor O. Miller Award of Psychology. The recent graduate was also the Dean H. Baldwin Scholar-Athlete Award Winner.

“Hannah truly exemplifies what it means to be Woman of the Year in the Midwest Conference,” said Illinois College Director of Athletics Mike Snyder. “Throughout her career, she displayed excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community. She is a true role model for young women not only as an upper echelon student-athlete, but more importantly, as a great person. I am very proud of Hannah and thankful for the time we had with her at Illinois College. She will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats at IC.”

In August, the top ten honorees per division will be announced for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. In September, the field of 30 semifinalists will be narrowed to three per division. The top ten honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis in October.

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