Bridget Carleton Wins NCAA’s Highest Honour, Cheryl Miller Award

Bridget Carleton was named the 2019 winner of the Cheryl Miller Award, honouring the NCAA’s best small forward. The award is considered the highest honour in NCAA women’s basketball.

“It’s a huge honour to receive an award named after Cheryl Miller, who has been such a pioneer in bringing women’s basketball to the forefront of athletics,” Carleton said in an Iowa State press release.

The Iowa State Cyclones graduate finished her NCAA career second on Iowa State’s all-time scoring chart. She was also named to the Naismith Starting 5, adding to an impressive list of honours including multiple All-American recognitions, and the Big 12 Player of the Year.

“She was one of the best to play our game, and I am humbled to be recognized for this award and included in the Naismith Starting 5. This isn’t possible without all of the opportunities Iowa State has given me. I am so thankful for my coaches and teammates putting me in the best positions to be successful during the last year.”

“Bridget had a special year and helped to lead Iowa State to one of our best season’s ever,” head coach Bill Fennelly said in the news release. “Receiving these awards is a tremendous honour for her and our program. What an amazing way to end one of the greatest Cyclone careers ever.”

The Chatham product will now eye the WNBA Draft, and continue to represent Canada’s National Women’s Team moving toward the 2020 Olympic Games.

In total this season, Carleton was recognized with the Cheryl Miller Award, WBCA Naismith Starting 5 Member, WBCA All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, Associated Press Second-Team All-American, ESPNW Second-Team All-American, USBWA Third-Team All-American, and Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American.

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