Toledo senior Inma Zanoguera has been selected as one of 30 NCAA women’s basketball student-athletes for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award.Zanoguera becomes only the second player in the storied history of the Rockets’ program to make the list.
Former Rocket Naama Shafir earned this prestigious honor on two occasions during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, respectively.
Zanoguera is also one of two representatives from the Mid-American Conference in 2014-15, joined by Akron’s Sina King.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
On the court, the two-time All-MAC honoree is averaging squad bests in scoring (16.4 points per game), rebounding (6.7 rebounds per game), assists (5.7 assists per game, 20th in NCAA, as of Jan. 21), steals (1.9 steals per game), minutes played (36.1 minutes per game), overall field goal percentage (.473, 96 of 203) and free throw percentage (.926, 88 of 95, sixth in NCAA).
She currently leads the league in helpers, free throw percentage and minutes played, as well as ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (2.2, 102-47, 43rd in NCAA) and thefts, fourth in scoring, ninth in overall field goal percentage, 13th in defensive boards (4.7 rebounds per game) and 15th in overall rebounding and offensive caroms (2.0 rebounds per game).
In the classroom, Zanoguera is a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree and was on UT’s dean’s list on four occasions. She possesses a 3.575 grade-point average in communication with a minor in business.
In the community, Zanoguera and the Rockets have been involved in such projects as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Walk to Defeat ALS, Ovarian Cancer Walk, Habitat for Humanity, youth clinics and camps, Wendy’s Little Dribblers, Delta Dental Give a Kid a Smile, and have sponsored a family for Christmas, to name few.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in sports to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in community, classroom, character and competition.
Zanoguera and the Rockets will hold the seventh annual “Rockets For the Cure” sponsored by Kroger Saturday, Feb. 7, as the Midnight Blue and Gold entertain Ball State at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena. The game will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of cancer research. For tickets and to check out the Legends Online Auction, go to utrockets.com.