Utah's Wicijowski Named Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Seattle, Wash. – UTAH’s Taryn Wicijowski was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Thursday at the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament. The award was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are exemplary both academically and in their sports discipline.

Wicijowski (Regina Saskatchewan.) has consistently been a rebounding and scoring force for the Utes and in the Pac-12, ranking in the top 10 in the Conference in scoring and rebounding again this season while averaging 13.9 and 7.9 rebounds per game. Wicijowski was the sixth women’s basketball player in school history with at least 1,700 career points and 900 career rebounds. This season Wicijowski earned All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 defensive team honorable mention honors.

When she wasn’t blocking shots, pulling down rebounds and scoring points for the Utes, Wicijowski is also a force in the classroom. The two-time academic all-conference honoree earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology (emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology) and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry and is currently working on a minor in Nutrition., all the while maintaining a 3.98 GPA.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.

The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year.

Other nominees included: – Alli Gloyd, ARIZ; Promise Amukamara, ASU; Lexy Kresl, COLO; Amber Orrange, STAN; Aminah Williams, WASH

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