Carleton Named To Watch List For Miller Award
Bridget Carleton of Chatham was named one of 20 NCAA players on the watch list for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Carleton, who is a Junior with the Iowa State Cyclones, was named the Big 12 Player of the Week to open her season after draining 24-points in an Iowa State win.
The inaugural Cheryl Miller award will recognize the top small forwards in women’s NCAA DI basketball.
“Cheryl Miller was an unstoppable force on the court, legendarily scoring more than one hundred points in a single high school game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame in a news release “At USC, Cheryl continued her dominance winning two NCAA Championships. When it comes to small forwards, no one has done it better and the young women recognized on this list should be honored to be associated with one of the game’s all-time greats.”
The watch list will eventually be narrowed to just 10 finalists, with the winner eventually being announced on ESPN2 during an NCAA Final Four game on March 30.
The Selection Committee for the Cheryl Miller Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Miller and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
“I’m so excited to see the Basketball Hall of Fame expanding their portfolio of awards and recognizing the best athletes in the women’s college game today,” said Cheryl Miller, a 1995 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in a release. “I’m honored to represent this award for small forwards and can’t wait to see these student-athletes take the court.”
Carleton, a John McGregor Secondary School graduate, also plays for Canada’s National Women’s Basketball team.