BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama-Birmingham women’s basketball alum Deanna Kuzmanic has been named a top 30 finalist for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Kuzmanic was recognized for her excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. She is the first Blazer since 2011 to be named a top 30 finalist.
While at UAB, Kuzmanic earned C-USA All-Conference Team honors twice and was part of the C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2015-16. She also played in every game of her career (128), the most in school history.
Kuzmanic was a four-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and three-time C-USA All-Academic team earner. She graduated this past May with a 3.94 GPA.
Kuzmanic also completed over 125 hours of community service as a reading mentor to elementary schoolers in Birmingham.
“Deanna’s leadership on the basketball court, hard work in the classroom, active volunteering in our community and bright future as a math teacher for our youth leaves no doubt as to why she is a finalist for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year,” said UAB faculty athletics representative Dr. Frank Messina. “UAB is so proud of her.”
The finalists will be narrowed down to nine in October. The winner of the award will be announced at a banquet honoring all 30 finalists Oct. 20.