OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Throughout the past four years, senior center Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) has been a standout both on and off the court. In addition to countless hours spent in the classroom and on the hardwood, McCabe has lent her little spare time to the Nashville community. The 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award committee has recognized her efforts and named McCabe one of 30 semifinalsts for the accolade across the nation, announced Thursday afternoon.
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. 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 athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
McCabe embodies this honor in every aspect to its fullest. The two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year also boasts a 3.84 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in psychology. She's been named a member of the OVC Commissioner's honor roll the past three years and to Belmont's Dean's list every semester of her collegiate career. In 2014-15, McCabe was an OVC Medal of Honor Recipient - an accolade given to the student-athlete who achieves the highest GPA in a conference-sponsored sport (2014-15). She was then recognized on the Division I Athletics Directors Association women's basketball scholar-athlete first team for the 2016-17 season.
On the floor, McCabe has been a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the court. She currently sits second all-time in Belmont's record book with 222 career blocks. McCabe also ranks first in field goals made (526) in the program's NCAA Division I era. In 2017, she broke the program record of 95 blocks in a single season. The center then joined elite company her junior season as one of only 30 Bruins to score at least 1,000 career points, she's poured in 1,254 halfway through her final year. McCabe is averaging 11.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game as a Bruin.
Aside from excelling as a student-athlete, McCabe also spends countless hours working to better the community. During the past two summers, she volunteered at summer camps for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and worked with Bridge Fellowship mentoring middle and high school students. She also spearheads the team's engagement in the community by organizing visits to local group homes, homeless shelters and schools. She gives her whole heart to her service, and her leadership and devotion inspire her teammates to do more to bring positive change to the campus and community.
McCabe is the program's first Senior CLASS Award semifinalist and just the second women's student-athlete to represent Belmont in the prestigious award.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. McCabe is joined by Eastern Illinois' Grace Lennox, the only two OVC student-athletes named as semifinalits.