Aug 20, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Seton Hall University women's basketball graduate Alexandra Maseko (Harare, Zimbabwe) has been named one of the top 30 honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award, Tuesday it was announced by the NCAA.
Maseko was a member of the Seton Hall Class of 2013 and graduated in May with a degree in political science. She is currently a graduate assistant with the Pirates' women's basketball program as she pursues a master's in diplomacy at Seton Hall.
"It truly is a tremendous honor, one that I was not expecting at all," Maseko said. "The actions that have brought me to this point were not done with the intention of recognition, and that makes this achievement all the more special. I hope, if anything, being named as one of the top 30 finalists will help me continue my pursuits in community work, both here and in my native Zimbabwe, and encourage other student-athletes from Seton Hall to aspire to do the same.
Seton Hall University has been nothing but supportive of my many endeavors and I am thankful for its continued support," Maseko added. "Being a female international student-athlete is a wonderful platform and I only hope I can make the most of it."
The NCAA Woman of the Year program initially featured more than 450 student-athletes, with each conference at all NCAA Divisions submitting nominees. That list has been whittled down to just 30 honorees, with 10 women from each NCAA division comprising the prestigious group.
In September three finalists from each division will be announced to form nine finalists for the award. The 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, where each of the final 30 nominees will be recognized.
The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership:
- Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.79 grade-point average and nearly 50 Academic All-America honors.
- The top 30 earned 12 national championships (individual and team) and more than 80 All-America honors.
- The top 30 volunteered for 365 organizations during their college careers.
- Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.
Anna Soho, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair, described the extraordinary commitment to academics and athletics by each of the top 30 honorees.
"These distinguished women are truly quintessential NCAA student-athletes, demonstrating dedication not only to athletic achievement but academic excellence and community leadership as well," said Soho. "The NCAA applauds their achievements, and we know that they will continue to be role models and make a positive impact on the world."
Maseko enjoyed a stellar senior season for Seton Hall both on and off the court, reaching new heights athletically and through personal pursuits, both academic and in the community.
She started all 31 games at forward for the Pirates, averaging career bests in scoring (5.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg). Maseko led Seton Hall with three double-doubles, landing on the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the first time in her career after posting 16 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over Pittsburgh on Jan. 5.
Wrapping up her academic career with a 3.793 cumulative grade point average, Maseko graduated Magna Cum Laude in May.
She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, and was one of Seton Hall's nominees for the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year award, as well as the women's basketball team's nominee for the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Sportsmanship Award.
Last year, Maseko was selected as one of just seven finalists to interview for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in her native country of Zimbabwe, flying home to complete the important interview during the second week of December, in the middle of the basketball season and just before finals.
Her community involvement bolstered her outstanding athletic and academic achievements. Maseko developed a sneaker drive for Zimbabwean youth basketball players, delivering used sneakers to Zimbabwe when she traveled there last fall to interview for the Rhodes Scholarship.
She was also actively involved in a number of Seton Hall's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee community initiatives including food drives, reading programs, and mentoring activities such as the Seton Hall Pen Pal program.