JONESBORO, Ark. (6/21/16) – Former Arkansas State University women’s basketball All-American Aundrea Gamble has been selected as a nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award in an announcement made by the organization.
Gamble, the 2015-16 Sun Belt Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year, is one of seven representatives from the league to be nominated for the prestigious honor. She is also the first female athlete at A-State since Sharika Nelvis in 2013-14 to be selected as part of the nominee field.
The first player in Sun Belt Conference history to win the SBC women’s basketball Student-Athlete of the Year award three times, Gamble finished her career at Arkansas State in fourth place with 1,932 points and is tied for second with 479 career assists. She shattered the school record with seven SBC Player of the Week honors in her career and was one of just 10 active players in the NCAA with over 1,600 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
She is also the only player in program history to be named an All-American in back-to-back seasons, garnering WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors after her junior campaign and Senior CLASS Second-Team All-American plaudits this past year.
This past season she helped led the Red Wolves on one of the most historic runs through the Sun Belt Conference season in the league’s history. A-State won 18-consecutive games and finished with mark of 19-1 mark to claim its second regular season championship in the last three seasons. At the time, the 18-game winning streak ranked as the fourth longest in the nation.
On the court, the McKinney, Texas native ranked in the top-50 in the NCAA in points per game, free-throw percentage, final points, minutes played per game, assists, field goals made and minutes played. Gamble’s 18.8 points per game ranked second best in the conference, while she led the league with 164 assists on the year. She also held elite company with UCONN’s Breanna Stewart as the only two players in the nation to average over 18 points, four assists and shot over 50 percent per game this season.
This year’s field of nominees includes 511 honorees, the most ever in the history of the award, which is in its 26th year. Student-athletes across all three divisions are eligible to win the award, which takes into account academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Throughout her career, Gamble has been no stranger to excellence in the four areas recognized by the award. She has accounted for one of the highest GPAs on the team, including being named the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List for achieving as GPA of 3.5 or higher during the last school year.
The redshirt senior also volunteered her time to the United Way through several service projects in conjunction with the women’s basketball team. She also worked several community events including handing out water at local 5K races and volunteered her time during the holiday season at the “Winter Wonderland” Christmas exhibit.
The list of nominees will be narrowed down in July and each conference office then reviews the nominations from its member schools and submits its conference nominee to the NCAA. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9.