INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball standout Brittany Brewer was named one of 605 female college athletes nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Brewer proved herself as a standout on and off the court during the 2019-20 academic year.
On the court, Brewer was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She also became the first Lady Raider player taken in the WNBA Draft in 14 years when she was selected as the No. 17 overall pick to the Atlanta Dream earlier this summer. The All-Big 12 First Team selection and Lisa Leslie Award finalist averaged 16.6 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and a Power Five-leading 4.4 blocks.
The Abilene, Texas, native raked in plenty of academic awards as well, being named the CoSIDA Academic All-America Player of the Year and picking up her third career Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection. In summer 2019, Brewer graduated with a 4.0 GPA for her undergraduate coursework and a degree in Community, Family and Addiction Sciences. She began work on her master’s degree in the fall.
Brewer served as an excellent example of a leader in her community as well, interning at the New Legacy Home for Women and volunteering at a number of local organizations, inlcuing Covenant Children’s Hospital, Hope Lodge, the TTU Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, the Texas Tech Fellowship of Christian Athletes and RISE TTU. As a member of the Lady Raider basketball team, she also helped the program present Christmas gifts to local disadvantaged families.
The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.
Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.