HADLEY, Mass. – Recent Amherst College graduate and former two-sport athlete Hannah Fox '20 has been nominated to represent Amherst in the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) selection of the conference's 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year candidate.
A total of eight women, representing seven institutions, have been nominated to represent the NESCAC as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC's representative for the award, who will move on to national consideration.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership. The award has been given annually by the National Collegiate Athletic Association since 1991, with the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year to be announced on November 1st.
A two-sport student-athlete, Fox competed for both the women's basketball team and the women's lacrosse team at an elite level as a mathematics and economics double major before graduating in May with a 3.65 GPA. Captaining the basketball team during her final season donning the Purple & White, the Plymouth Meeting, Pa. native was named a 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as a six-time NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree and a 2019 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team selection.
On the court, Fox was named Second Team All-America by d3hoops.com and to the prestigious WBCA All-America team this winter after previously being named an honorable mention WBCA All-American in each of the last two seasons. A key component in back-to-back perfect seasons for the Mammoths that saw Amherst lift the trophy as Division III National Champions in 2016-17 and 2017-18, Fox also boasts three appearances on the All-Conference squads. Competing for United States Women's Basketball Team at the World Maccabiah Games in 2017, Fox brought home a gold medal.
She concludes her four-years having suited up in 119 contests, including 91 starts, for the Mammoths women's basketball program and holds program records in single-game points (43) and single-game field goals made (19), and is third all-time in career scoring (1424).
On the field, Fox was a 2019 IWLCA All-Region honoree, finishing her junior season ranked inside the top-four on the Mammoths in goals (26), assists (12), points (39), draw controls (55), ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (20). Eclipsing 25-points in both seasons, Fox helped the Mammoths advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and 2019.
Fox wraps up her collegiate career on the lacrosse field having appeared in 39 games for the Mammoths, including 28 starts, to amass 54 goals and 30 assists for 84 points, 57 ground balls, 117 draw controls, 29 caused turnovers and a 41.2 shot percentage.
Awarded the Howard Hill Mossman Trophy at senior assembly – an honor given annually to the member of the senior class who has brought, during his/her four years at Amherst, the greatest honor (as relating both to achievement and to sportsmanship) in athletics to the Alma Mater – Fox was also selected as one of three Commencement Marshals for the Class of 2020, a prestigious honor bestowed by Amherst College.
She served as a Senator for the Class of 2020 in the Student Government Association and assisted in several projects. Fox worked with three different professors over the course of six semesters as a grader for the Department of Mathematics, and was a member of the Amherst College Hillel. She also participated in Team IMPACT activities for both women's basketball and lacrosse teams and was selected to participate in the Amherst LEADS First-Year Initiative, Futures, and Captains programs.
Joining Fox as nominations to represent the NESCAC as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee include: Janika Ho (Bates | Women's Swim & Dive), Caroline Flaharty (Bowdoin | Volleyball), Ursula Alwang (Middlebury | Women's Soccer), Burabari Peace Kabari (Trinity | Women's Basketball, Track & Field), Erica DeCandido (Tufts | Women's Basketball), Nkem Iregbulem (Williams | Women's Soccer), and Summer-Solstice Thomas (Williams | Women's Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field).