Kate Kerrigan, a senior guard from Bowdoin College, was named the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for Basketball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
Kerrigan is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda Woman Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 42nd year.
“It is such an honor to be nominated for this award when there are so many amazing division three players,“ said Kerrigan. “Although this is an individual award, I owe the majority of it to my teammates and coaches. The competitive environment that I had the opportunity to play in everyday has given me the amazing privilege to represent basketball as a Honda DIII athlete nominee."
Kerrigan, hailing from Wellesley Hills, Mass., was named the 2018 DIII Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Year after leading her team to the 2018 National Championship game.
The Honda award nominee is the latest honor for the distinguished Bowdoin senior, who has also been named the NESCAC Player of the Year, NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, the NEWBA Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year in just the last few weeks.
Kerrigan is the only player in Bowdoin women's basketball history to total more than 900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career. This season, she averaged 10.6 points per game and also led the team in rebounds (7.0), assists (4.0) and steals (2.4).
“I am thrilled that Honda has recognized Kate as the DIII Athlete of the year nominee for women’s basketball,” stated head coach Adrienne Shibles. “Her talent and outstanding servant leadership make her one of the most special student-athletes I have had the good fortune to work with. This award also recognizes that outstanding play goes beyond one’s ability to score the basketball. Kate not only scores consistently, but she rebounds, passes and defends incredibly well. It is my hope that young girls will look to her as an example of how the game should be played.”
All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Honda Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports on June 25, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 42 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.