Kalin makes cut in NCAA Woman of the Year selection

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Northern Iowa women’s basketball player Jacqui Kalin is one of the top 30 honorees selected for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award, announced Tuesday by the NCAA.

The group of females started at 450 nominees. Of the 30 remaining, nine finalists will be named. The eventual Woman of the Year will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics.

“Jacqui never ceases to amaze me,” Northern Iowa women’s basketball coach Tanya Warren said. “She is truly an amazing student-athlete and continues to inspire this program and the community. I am so happy for her.”

The top 30 honorees will be recognized at the NCAA Women of the Year awards dinner Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.

Since graduation in May, Kalin has been honored by the Missouri Valley Conference with two post-graduate scholarships. She was the recipient of the Emerson Excellence Award and the Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award.

The former two-time MVC Player of the Year graduated from UNI with her degree in sports psychology in 2010, posting a 4.0 grade point average. She then received her master’s in kinesiology and sports psychology. Kalin also was the first player in UNI women’s basketball history to be named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award along with being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American first team.

Kalin led the MVC in scoring with 662 points during the 2012-13 season, averaging 19.5 points per game. She is the all-time leading scorer at UNI with 2,081 points and ranks first in 3-pointers (265), free throws (484) and assists (491).