Brown of Wayne State Named DII Honda Athlete of the Year Nominee for Basketball

Photo courtesy of Chuck Anderson
Photo courtesy of Chuck Anderson

Shareta Brown, a senior center from Wayne State University, was named the 2015 DII Woman of the Year nominee for basketball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DII Honda Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year.

A native of Pontiac, Mich., Brown was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Player of the Year and led her team to a 23-6 overall mark. In addition, she was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year along with the Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association Midwest Region Player of Year before earning the national honor.

This season, Brown broke the school single-season records in points (639), free throws made (177) and rebounds (427). She also led the nation all year in field goal percentage (.645), rebounds (14.7) and offensive rebounds per game (6.0). She finished the season averaging 22.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

"It is a tremendous honor to be nominated as the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year,” stated Brown. “I would like to thank Wayne State University, the athletic department, my coaches and my teammates for making this possible. "

"Players like Shareta typically only come along once in a lifetime,” said head coach Carrie Lohr.  “It has been a true honor to have her as a member of the Wayne State University women's basketball program.  Not only did she shine on the court, but she took her academic commitment to another level and I think that is something that I am most proud of when asked about Shareta.“

All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 39 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.