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INDIANAPOLIS – California Baptist golfer Erica Wang and Kansas City women's soccer player Lexie Howard have been selected by the WAC senior woman administrators to represent the conference for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. In its 29th year, the award recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
Wang, a Corona, Calif. native, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a finance concentration. She was a four-time academic all-conference honoree and three-time Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar. As a sophomore, Wang was named the PacWest Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Wang, CBU's 2019 Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, is the first Lancer to graduate as a four-time first team all-conference honoree. She was also a two-time WGCA All-West Region selection and was the PacWest Player and Freshman of the Year when she won the individual title. As a senior, Wang won two Division I events and finished seven of her 10 tournaments in the Top 15. She set CBU career records for par-or-better rounds (25), rounds played (106), birdies (250) and scores counted (93) in her final year. She also holds the top two single round (66, 67) and 54-hole scores (215, 216) in program history.
A three-time team captain, Wang's teams won three PacWest Championships, participated in Super Region IV Championships three times and finished as NCAA Division II runners-up in 2018.
Wang tallied nearly 400 hours of community service during her collegiate career with the following organizations or initiatives: Path of Life Homeless Shelter; Goose Creek Junior Golf Clinic; Drive Chip and Putt; and Elderly Care Services.
Howard, from Kearney, Mo., graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in middle school education with a 4.00 GPA. A four-time Academic All-WAC honoree, she earned United Soccer Coaches first team Scholar All-Region honors as a senior. She also received the Stan Durwood Award, given to the female student-athlete with the highest GPA.
Howard ended her career as the program leader in career points (96) and goals (38). In 71 career games, she also had 20 assists and 15 game-winning goals. As a senior, Howard ranked tied for 13th nationally in assists (10), 14th in shots on goal (2.33) and tied for 33rd in points (30). She is a three-time All-WAC honoree, was named WAC Offensive Player of Year as a sophomore and was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team three times. As a senior, she earned USC Pacific Region second team honors.
A two-time team captain, the Roos won two WAC regular-season titles during her career. During her senior season, the team posted the most wins in program history (15) and ranked eighth regionally.
In the community, Howard coached eighth grade soccer, participated in Saint Paul's Outreach and Uplift, delivering food to the homeless, and served as a math tutor. She also collected toys for Boys & Girls Club and read to children. The secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a senior, she was involved in the search committee for the new Director of Athletics. She twice earned the Circle of Champions Award.
Wang and Howard were among 585 school nominees for the award, the most ever in the history of the program. As the WAC's nominees, they are among 148 conference nominees, including 64 from the Division I level.
The Woman of the Year selection committee will next select the top 10 honorees in each division. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from those nine finalists to determine the 2019 Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 20.
To view the complete list of conference nominees, click here.