July 25, 2017
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Duquesne's Amadea Szamosi is one of two female student-athletes selected to be a 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Szamosi and Michelle Wallerstedt of George Mason were announced Tuesday as the league's two candidates for one of the NCAA's most prestigious honors.
"Amadea and her legacy continue to represent Duquesne University on a national stage," said head women's basketball coach Dan Burt. "We could not be more proud of her and the woman she has become while at Duquesne. With the tremendous diversity within our program, she is a role model to all of her current and future Duquesne Dukes."
A standout forward for Duquesne, Szamosi was an All-Conference Third Team selection as a senior and she was named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team. A Pécs, Hungary, native, she helped lead the Dukes to an A-10 regular season title and back-to-back championship final game appearances, and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a junior. She also was named to the U20 European Championship All-Tournament Team.
Szamosi was named to the Duquesne Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times, graduating cum laude in May. An accounting and marketing major, she has secured a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is an active member of several campus organizations, including the Duquesne Entrepreneurial Alliance, Phi Beta Lambda and Lambda Sigma. Szamosi volunteered her time with the Lupus Loop, the Women's Shelter of Great Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Art Festival, TreeVitalize and Global Links.
Both student-athletes completed their eligibility this past year and graduated from their respective universities in May. They were selected from a pool of 12 outstanding institutional honorees, representing eight A-10 sports and 10 different A-10 institutions. Szamosi, a women's basketball player and Wallerstedt, a track and field student-athlete, were chosen as the conference's nominees by the Atlantic 10's 14 Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs) based on their athletic achievements, academic prowess, community involvement and leadership abilities. Both A-10 candidates have exceptional resumes in all four areas.
The NCAA will select the top 30 (10 per division), and then will narrow the list to the top nine (three per division) in late September. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen from those nine candidates and will be announced Sunday, Oct. 22, at the awards dinner in Indianapolis.
About the NCAA Woman of the Year Award:
One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.