The Big South announced Thursday that Winthrop women’s basketball player Dequesha McClanahan and Eagles’ track and cross country athlete Jeanne Stroud are the finalists for the league’s woman of the year award. The winner will be announced and presented her award on Thursday, May 29 at the Big South’s Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in Hilton Head.
McClanahan and Stroud were chosen as the two finalists among the 13 candidates nominated for the award.
McClanahan concluded her four-year career as just the second player in league history to be voted player of the year three consecutive seasons. She led Winthrop to its first-ever Big South women’s basketball championship and NCAA tournament berth her senior year, and became the league’s all-time women’s basketball scoring and assist leader this season with 2,277 points and 744 assists, respectively.
The first player in Conference annals with 2,000 points, 700 assists, 600 rebounds (658) and 200 steals (282), McClanahan was also named to the Big South Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team in 2013-14.
Stroud completed her career this spring after being an 11-time all-conference performer during her four-years – three-time honoree in cross country, three-time performer in the indoor track & field 5,000-meters, and five All-Conference honors in outdoor track & field (3 at 10,000m, 2 at 5,000m). Stroud captured four conference titles during her time at Winthrop, winning the indoor 5,000-meters twice in addition to the outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m.