BLUEFIELD — Bluefield State College senior women’s basketball player Charlene Diggs has been chosen as one of two West Virginia Conference nominees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The Lady Blues’ team captain is the first Bluefield State student-athlete in recent history to be nominated. She is one of 90 Division II picks in the field of 455 nominees.
She guided the Lady Blues to their best season in 16 years, (13-13). Her 85.7 percent free throw shooting was 24th best in the nation. She averaged 11.5 points per game and shot 35.7 percent from three-point range.
Off the court, Diggs was Bluefield State’s WVIAC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year this year and earned the team’s Academic Award. She has also been very active in the community volunteering time for Habitat For Humanity, the Mercer County Reading Bee and as an active member of BSC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
During the 2012-13 season, she moved into the Top-10 in scoring, steals and assists in Bluefield State women’s basketball history. Diggs is one of 13 players in Lady Blues history to surpass 1,000 career points and one of just eight in team history to tally over 150 steals in their career.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award recognizes excellence in leadership, athletics, academics and service and is only open to seniors who have completed their final year of athletic eligibility.
Each conference selects one or two women from the nominees to represent the conference. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.