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Former IU women's basketball player Brenna Wise nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year



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Then-senior Brenna Wise celebrates on the sideline Dec. 15, 2019, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Wise recorded 1,421 points and 849 rebounds over the course of her career at IU. Claire Livingston

IU women’s basketball recent graduate Brenna Wise was selected Monday as the IU nominee for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The honor recognizes a standout female player who excels in athletics, academics, leadership and service each year.

Wise, a 6-foot forward from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, scored 1,421 points and grabbed 849 rebounds over the course of her career. She spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to IU.

During her time at Pittsburgh, Wise was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Panthers and accumulated 12 double-doubles. She was named an ACC All-Freshman team member and averaged in the double digits in scoring both years.

In her first year at IU as a redshirt junior, Wise averaged 12 points and a team high 6.8 rebounds. She also ranked seventh in the country in free throw percentage, making over 91% from the stripe.

Last season, starting in all 32 games for the Hoosiers, Wise dropped in 7.9 points and grabbed 5.9 rebounds per game.

Wise, a two-time team captain at IU, was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She was also a two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree and a top-10 finalist for the 2020 Senior CLASS award, given each year to one outstanding NCAA senior in women's basketball and nine other sports.

In May, Wise graduated from the Kelley School of Business with a dual degree in marketing and professional sales.

IU women’s basketball coach Teri Moren showed support for Wise in a Twitter post Tuesday.

“She ain’t done yet.....Congrats B-Wise!” Moren said on Twitter.

The winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year award will be announced Nov. 1.

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