Brescia University senior Julie Whitfill has been voted the KIAC Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday. KIAC member schools nominate one female student-athlete each year for the KIAC Female Athlete of the Year award and the voting is cast by KIAC athletic directors.
Whitfill, a native of Hardinsburg, Ky., starred on the basketball court as the 2015-16 KIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and an NAIA Division II Second Team All-American. She has been named to an All-Conference team three times since beginning her collegiate career with Brescia University.
Whitfill also broke two school records, earning her the honor of her jersey being retired. Whitfill became the all-time leading scorer in Brescia University’s history of Men and Women’s basketball with a total of 2,444 career points and 334 total field goals gives her the title of Most Three-Point Field Goals made in Brescia’s history, as well as the KIAC records.
Whitfill’s senior basketball season had her lead the KIAC in scoring at 22.1 ppg, a figure that ranked fourth in NAIA Division II. The overall national leader in total scoring with 730 points on the year, she also led the KIAC and ranked fourth nationally with 117 made 3-pointers.
Other impressive stats included 89 percent free throws (third NAIA DII, 1st KIAC) and 47 percent field goals (3rd KIAC).
A two-sport athlete, she also was a key member of Brescia’s women’s golf team and placed 10th individually in the conference championship tournament this past spring.
On the golf course, Whitfill shot rounds of 84 and 85 to place 10th at the KIAC Tournament this year and help Brescia to a second-place finish in the team standings. She led the Bearcats’ women’s basketball team to the KIAC Tournament semifinals.
Academically, Whitfill is a two-time NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, which is for juniors and seniors with a 3.50+ GPA. She was named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List at Brescia University. Whitfill graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
“Julie defines what a true student-athlete is; she excels in the classroom just as much as she has excelled on the court and golf course. She is well deserved in the accolades she has earned and I am very proud of what she stands for, she has represented Brescia University and the Bearcat Athletics Department well,” stated Brian Skortz, Brescia University Athletic Director.
On July 1, 2016, the KIAC changed its name to the River States Conference. For more information on the River States Conference, visit www.riverstatesconference.com.
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