Liz Wood named America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year

University of Maine women’s basketball student-athlete Liz Wood of Catlett, Virginia, has been named the America East’s 2014–15 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Wood, the first Black Bear to receive the honor, was selected from a group of eight student-athletes in female sports. Each year following the fall, winter and spring seasons, a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA faculty athletics representatives elects a male and female scholar-athlete in each of the league’s 18 championship sports.

On the court, Wood earned America East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and America East first team accolades. Wood led the Black Bears to an America East regular season championship and a berth in the WNIT after starting all 32 games and averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals. Wood, a member of the league’s All-Defensive Team, also recorded eight double-doubles and Maine’s first-ever triple-double.

In the classroom, Wood is a biology major with a pre-med concentration. She was an America East All-Academic choice and has been a Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient. Wood, Maine’s SAAC co-president and the America East’s National SAAC representative, was named UMaine’s 2015 “M” Club Dean Smith Award winner. The award is presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.

An America East Release is online.