LOS ANGELES – South Carolina basketball star Aliya Boston was named College Athlete of the Year Monday night.
She received the Honda Cup at a ceremony at the Galena Center on the USC campus. Boston Coach Dawn Staley received the award in 1991 as a basketball player from Virginia.
The junior forward became the first basketball player to receive the award since Breanna Stewart in 2016. A total of 16 basketball players have won the Honda Cup, more than in any other sport.
“That means a lot. A lot of these women are my role models,” Boston said. “Coach Staley was a past winner. Candice Parker has been my role model since I was nine years old.”
Last spring, Boston helped South Carolina win its second national championship and was named the AP Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
Other finalists for the award were Oklahoma senior softball player Jocelyn Alo and Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas.
“All these women on stage help every sport they play,” Boston said.
The top three were chosen by a vote of nearly 1,000 NCAA member schools, and the winner was selected by the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program.
“The 2022 Honda Class is a truly outstanding group of women who have achieved outstanding achievement in their sport and in classes across the country,” said Chris Woltz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. “We are thrilled to have them join our elite family of ‘best of the best’.
“To Aliya Boston, this year’s Honda Cup winner, we thank and congratulate you on your wonderful accomplishments that led to you being the Cup winner and welcome you to this rare sisterhood when you were named the best female athlete of the in the country”.