FORT MYERS, Fla. – Nearly a month and a half after being named a co-recipient of the prestigious Eagle Scholar-Athlete award, the highest honor Florida Gulf Coast University bestows upon a graduating senior student-athlete, women’s basketball’s Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) was named the A-Sun’s Co-Female Student-Athlete of the Year, along with Lipscomb softball player Whitney Kiihnl.
Chihil will also serve as the A-Sun’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. In its 22nd year, the Woman of the Year Award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2012 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
"We couldn’t be more proud of Courtney for her academic and athletic achievements during her time at FGCU,” said Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “She’s a prime example of the type of student-athlete we want all of our athletes to be like on the court and off. This is a tremendous honor for not only Courtney, but also FGCU, and to have her represent our University as the Atlantic Sun’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year is tremendous.”
Chihil, one of the Eagles’ captains, started 31 of 32 games this season and helped the Green and Blue to the fifth-best winning percentage in the nation. Her 3.86 GPA in nursing earned her a spot on the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team. A Capital One Academic All-District 4 first team and Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women's Scholar-Athlete Team selection for the second straight year, Chihil finished the season as FGCU’s leader in minutes and ranked among A-Sun leaders (in conference games only) in seven categories (assist/turnover ratio, free-throw percentage, field goal percentage, assists, steals, three-point percentage and scoring).
A 2012 A-Sun All-Tournament team selection, she ended her career ranking at or near the top five in five major categories in FGCU history. The recipient of a pair of team awards (Co-Player of the Year, Eagle Award), Chihil wrapped up her four-year career in the Green and Blue with 1,016 points (5th), 122 made three-pointers (6th), 603 rebounds (3rd), 199 steals (1st) and 333 assists (4th).