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Women’s basketball senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Willoughby is the first player in program history to win the award

<p>The honor is just another recognition of Willoughby’s athletic and academic success.&nbsp;</p>

The honor is just another recognition of Willoughby’s athletic and academic success. 

Senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby received the 2019-20 Kay Yow Award, given to the ACC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday.

The award is given to the top junior or senior women’s basketball student-athlete in the ACC. To be eligible, players must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average for both their career and for the previous two semesters.

Willoughby is the first player in Virginia women’s basketball history to win the award and the fourth Cavalier to win the scholar-athlete of the year award for their respective sport this year. The ACC also recognized men’s soccer junior midfielder Joe Bell, field hockey junior midfielder Rachel Robinson and football senior linebacker Jordan Mack in the fall.

In addition to being named Virginia women’s basketball’s ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Willoughby also became the program’s first four-time All-ACC Academic team honoree.

The honor is just another recognition of Willoughby’s athletic and academic success.

On the court, Willoughby leads the ACC in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game. She is also shooting 45.8 percent from the field and averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. Moreover, she has recorded 14 20-point games and nine double-doubles over the course of this season.

Off the court, Willoughby lived on the Lawn last year, received the 2019 Raven Award and is a Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership Fellow. She completed her undergraduate degree in global development studies in just three years and is currently working on her master’s degree at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Going forward, Willoughby plans to temporarily stop working on her Master’s degree, as she hopes to pursue a professional playing career.


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