Former Xavier center Ta'Shia Phillips, now a member of the Washington Mystics, has been named one of two Atlantic 10 Conference nominees for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award
July 12, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Former Xavier women's basketball player Ta'Shia Phillips has been selected as one of two Atlantic 10 Conference nominees for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Phillips' and Hailee Elmore's of Saint Louis selection was determined through a vote conducted by the league's Senior Woman Administrators, who administer the conference selection process.
Phillips, one of the Atlantic 10's most decorated women's basketball players, garnered a plethora of accolades during her four-year career at Xavier. The two-time WBCA/State Farm All-America honorable mention was also twice named an All-American by the Associated Press (third team in 2010-11; honorable mention 2008-09) and was honored by Full Court Press as a Third Team All-American this past season. She was named to the Wooden Award final ballot on three separate occasions as well as the Naismith Midseason Top 30.
Named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player, Phillips claimed one of the league's individual awards in each of her four seasons, as the Indianapolis, Ind., native was selected as Rookie of the Year in 2007-08, Player of the Year in 2008-09 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10. She became the A-10's all-time leading rebounder this past year and led the Atlantic 10 in rebounds (12.4 rpg.) for the fourth consecutive year - the first player to do so in the league's 29-year history. Phillips ranked second nationally in rebounding and third in field goal percentage (.605) in 2010-11 as well, in leading the Musketeers to their second straight A-10 Championship title and back-to-back perfect Atlantic 10 seasons.
The three-time A-10 All-Defensive Team selection and three-time All-Conference pick, started in a XU record 130 consecutive games, set the single-season rebounding record at Xavier (399 - 2009-10) and became one of only three players in school history to surpass the 1,000 point-1,000 rebounds mark. She is listed among the top five in the Musketeer record books in five statistical categories, including rebounds (1st, 1,552); field goal percentage (2nd, .608); blocked shots (2nd; 209); field goals made (3rd, 782); and scoring (4th, 1,895). She also competed for the United States in the 2009 World University Games.
Off the court, Phillips participated in numerous community service projects, including Cincinnati's Race for a Cure, Diabetes Walk for a Cure, the Ronald McDonald House, and served as a soup kitchen volunteer. She continually mentored youth in the Cincinnati area through various basketball camps, speaking engagements and after-school programs. Phillips, a entrepreneurial studies/marketing major at Xavier, became the second highest draft pick in school history, as she was selected eighth overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which is in its 21st year, honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated only once in their career by their institution.
A selection committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences will select 10 nominees from each division to form the Top 30 nominees, which will be announced in August. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 16, 2011.
In the past four years, 522 student-athletes were nominated by their conference or independent institutions, representing multiple ethnicities and all NCAA-sponsored sports within Divisions I, II and III. In 2010 alone, 452 student-athletes were nominated by their institutions. From 1998 through 2005, an average of 410 female student-athletes per year were nominated for the award; and since the program's inception in 1991, 1729 women have been recognized as state or conference honorees.