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Rebane advances to NCAA Women of the Year Selection Process
Basketball standout was the runner up for the America East honor
May 30, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Viive Rebane, recent graduate who starred on the Binghamton women’s basketball team for the past for years, finished as the runner up for the America East Women of the Year Award. She will now advance to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection pool. Rebane is being considered for the annual honor by virtue of her athletic and academic accomplishments as well as her extensive community and leadership involvement.
The winner of the America East Woman of the Year Award is automatically nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook won the conference’s annual award but due to her status as an international student, Rebane was allowed to be nominated as well.
Rebane was a two-time America East all-conference selection, having earned second-team honors as a junior and third-team honors this past season. She finished her career ranked 10th all time in program history with 1,176 points and second with 916 career rebounds.
In the classroom, Rebane was a two-time America East All-Academic selection (2011 and 2012) and was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society in 2010. Two weeks ago, she graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology with a 3.61 GPA.
Rebane’s community and leadership activities include mentoring fifth-grade children with the College For Every Student program, participating in the Magic Paintbrush Project with autistic children and walking for the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk. During the summers, she also served as a volunteer coach for the Under-18 Estonia National Team.
To be nominated for the America East Women of the Year Award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the spring season, received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer term and maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. The 2012 America East Woman of the Year will be announced on June 13.
In conjunction with the changes in the nomination process for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the America East Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season. Beginning in 2006, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) started receiving conference-designated nominees in lieu of the previous institution- and state-based nomination format.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.
PLEASE NOTE: The other two finalists are Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook and Laurie Gonzales of Albany.