Kristen Celsor selected as NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
July 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM CDT - Updated July 21 at 1:16 AM
SEARCY (HardingSports.com) - Harding's Kristen Celsor was selected Thursday as one of two representatives from the Great American Conference for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Celsor, a native of Searcy, Arkansas, is one of more than 120 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III that have been selected as 2014 Woman of the Year honorees by their athletics conferences and by independent schools.
The conference honorees represent student-athletes from 15 different sports. By division, 52 honorees competed in Division I conferences, 25 competed in Division II, and 49 competed in Division III.
Next, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2014 Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Celsor was a two-sport athlete at Harding, competing in both women's basketball and outdoor track and field. As a senior, Celsor was the Daktronics Central Region Women's Basketball Player of the Year, the GAC Player of the Year, and the GAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. She averaged 16.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in leading Harding to the GAC regular season championship, a 29-3 overall record and its first berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
On the track, Celsor set Harding's outdoor high jump record at 5 feet, 8 inches as a junior and ran on the Lady Bisons' sprint relay teams throughout her career.
During the 2013-14 school year, Celsor earned Capital One Academic All-America honors in both basketball and track and field. She was also the 2014 Berryhill Award winner, along with volleyball's Mollie Arnold.
Agostina Moran, a tennis player at East Central, is the GAC's other Women of the Year nominee.
Celsor graduated from Harding in May with a 3.91 grade point average in communication sciences and disorders.