MIAC Advances Two Nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award

MIAC Advances Two Nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award

 St. Paul, Minn. -- University of St. Thomas senior softball student-athlete Alison Wright and Gustavus Adolphus College senior hockey student-athlete Melissa Mackley have been named as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (MIAC) nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.

Wright (Pewaukee, Wis.) was a three-time All-American, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, a two-time College Division Academic All-American of the Year, and a four-time All-MIAC honoree for softball. She graduated with a 3.93 gpa in Business and Financial Management. She had a myriad of campus and community service volunteer experiences including actively volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, Silver wings, and the American Red Cross blood drive.
Her 266 hits in 186 games shattered the conference career hits record of 239 set by Tommie alum Michelle Wong (2002-2005) and place her seventh on the all-time Division III hits list. Wright finished with 87 multi-hit games on her career. She had a 34-game hitting streak in 2009 and a 20-game hitting streak in 2010. During her time at St. Thomas, she led the team to a 164-23 record, three conference regular-season, and four playoff championships. In 186 career games, she batted .469 with 266 hits, 147 runs, 155 RBI, 24 HRs, 53 doubles, three triples, 28 walks, 52 SBs, 373 total bases, and a .972 field%. She was named MIAC Player of the Year in 2010 and MIAC Rookie of the Year in 2007. She batted .500 or better in conference games in each of her four varsity seasons. In 2010 she led MIAC full-time players with a .557 batting average in her 22 conference games (39-for-70) with 20 RBI, 13 runs, and eight doubles.
Mackley (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville) was a four-year regular at forward on the Gustavus women’s hockey team and a First Team All-America honoree in both 2009 and 2010. She completed her career ranked ninth all-time in career scoring at Gustavus with 33 goals and 69 assists for 102 points. Mackley played in all 114 games the Gusties played during her career, which ranks second all-time and her 69 career assists rank fourth all-time. In the 2009-10 season, Mackley scored a career high 30 points (12 goals and 18 assists) and was captain of a Gustavus squad that finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, compiling a record of 22-6-2 overall.
A Phi Beta Kappa honoree, Mackley is a biology major with a 3.96 grade point average. She is a three-time academic all-conference selection and a 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree. She plans to pursue a medical degree at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her success on the rink and in the classroom, Mackley has been active on campus serving as an officer for the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and as a mentor with the Diversity Peer Mentor program. She also took part in Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, Relay for Life, and Re-Build Together.

In order to be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, nominees must have:
- Nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2009-2010 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2010 term.
- A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

In August, the top 10 honorees per division will be announced for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. In September, the field of 30 semifinalists will be narrowed to three per division. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II, and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 17, 2010.