D'Youville basketball player Ali Cochrane, a senior from New Port Richey, Fla., has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Woman of the Year for her efforts in athletics, academics and community service. She will now be among the nominees considered by the NCAA Women of the Year Committee in a process that identifies three finalists in each of the organization's three athletic divisions.
Cochrane scored a career-high 22 points against Penn State-Altoona this past season and was named to the conference's all-sportsmanship team, but her accomplishments transcend the basketball court. She attained a degree in exercise and sports studies in three years with a 3.99 grade-point average and her community involvement has been widespread. Those endeavors include Project Linus, where fleece blankets were made by the student-athletes and donated to local hospitals and shelters, a breast cancer awareness t-shirt fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity events, a multiple sclerosis awareness fundraiser, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament fundraiser for the Miracle League and the Buffalo Cup t-shirt fundraiser for the Buffalo Police Athletic League.
She received the Exercise and Sports Studies Departmental Award, the Student Affairs Award of Distinction, the D'Youville College Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and the D'Youville Unsung Hero Award. Additionally, Cochrane was president of the college's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In a release issued by D'Youville, Cochrane said: "Before coming to D'Youville College, I was very focused on my own goals and my own future, but the opportunities I have been given as a student-athlete and scholar have inspired me to shift my focus to how my future can impact others."
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2017.