CANYON – West Texas A&M’s Alyssa Lemos continued to add to her already impressive resume on Wednesday afternoon as the former Lady Buff shortstop was named a Lone Star Conference nominees for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year honor, Lemos is joined by Bailey Vrazel of Texas Woman’s at the nominees from the LSC.
Lemos recently concluded her career at WT following the program’s first ever NCAA Division II National Championship as the Lady Buffs topped Valdosta State in a Memorial Day thriller at the Moyers Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. She started all 245 games of her storied career at shortstop for the Lady Buffs, hitting .330 from the leadoff spot with 53 doubles, nine triples and 33 homeruns to drive in 166 RBI while becoming the NCAA all-time leader in walks with 179. She became the Lone Star Conference all-time career leader in runs scored with 251, which ranks third all-time in NCAA Division II history.
The Grapevine, Texas native was a First Team All-LSC selection as a senior while being named to the league's Golden Glove team for the second straight season in 2014. She was named to the Daktronics All-South Central Region First Team for her efforts on the diamond while also excelling in the classroom, being named the 2014 WTAMU President's Award recipient for the top graduating female student-athlete as well as a two-time CoSIDA/Capita One Academic All-American. Lemos was named an All-American for the second time in her career in 2014, picking up Daktronics Honorable Mention accolades following National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Third Team honors in 2013.
Lemos recently graduated from West Texas A&M with a degree in Pre-Medicine (Bio-Chemistry/Biology) while holding a 3.92 GPA, she will attend Texas Tech University Medical School in the fall of 2014. While not on the diamond, Lemos was a member of many clubs around campus (Pre-Healthcare, LEAD WT, Attebury Honors) while also providing community service with the Evelyn Rivers Christmas Project, Gene Howe Elementary Falcon Fest and the Snack Pack for Kids initiative.
The Lemos family began the “Shout Out for Roni” campaign following the loss of Alyssa’s mother Roni after a two year battle with Ovarian Cancer back in September of 2008. The organization raises funds and awareness in the fight against Ovarian Cancer with all proceeds benefitting the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), the last four seasons have seen the annual Strike Out Cancer Weekend at Schaeffer Park work with the family’s campaign. Lemos and former teammate Mercedes Garcia were featured in an ESPN documentary entitled “Strength in Friendship” back in March of 2013 that told the story of the two young ladies during their respective battles with losing their mothers to cancer.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership. Of the 446 nominees, 205 competed in Division I, 75 competed in Division II, and -166 competed in Division III athletics. Each conference then selects up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference. The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from the conference nominees.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 19.