FLORENCE, SC – Recently graduated Francis Marion University women’s basketball player Jennifer Howard is among 16 regional winners of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
The award, sponsored by Disney Sports Attractions, highlights the achievements of Division II student-athletes. "Division II has the best of both worlds, great athletes and great students," said Division II CCA Chair Bob Hiegert, commissioner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
A male and female Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be selected in the fall from among the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average while exhibiting outstanding athletic credentials.
Howard, a native of Raleigh, N.C., graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in biology and chemistry at FMU's 2005 spring commencement exercises. She completed her course work with a perfect 4.00 GPA, and also graduated with University Honors, having completed a minimum of 21 hours in Honors courses.
A 5-7 guard, Howard was a four-year letterwinner, and a three-year starter, on the FMU women’s basketball team. She ended her playing career 14th on the Patriots’ all-time assists list with 244 assists and 26th on the school’s career scoring list with 890 points. On the court this past season, she averaged 9.5 points per game and was FMU’s third-leading scorer.
Other regional award winners were Heather Hamilton (University of Minnesota Duluth), Laura Kline (Kutztown University of Pennsylvania), Sara Murray (Truman State University), Margot-Merrill Johnson (Montana State University-Billings), Stefanie Strauss (University of Wisconsin, Parkside), Greta Trotman (Barry University), and Jennifer Walker (Bentley College).
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex hosts more than 170 events in more than 30 sports each year, including the Division II Men's and Women's Tip-Off Classic basketball tournaments.