NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just before she would take to the hardwood to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships on Thursday evening as part of the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four weekend celebration in Minneapolis, Minn., Belmont University Women's Basketball senior Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) was named an Honorable Mention for the 2019 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Team.
The Wade Trophy, regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Now in its 42nd year, the Wade Trophy is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women's basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen.
Maggard, the 2018-19 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and four-time All-OVC First Team selection, is the lone representative from the OVC on this year's esteemed list and one of only two student athletes from schools in the Volunteer State, joining Rennia Davis of the University of Tennessee among this year's Honorable Mentions.
"We are so proud of Darby and all she has accomplished during her career at Belmont," said Head Coach Bart Brooks. "She finished her college career as one of the most prolific shooters in the history of NCAA women's basketball, but she also elevated our program with her leadership and commitment to the team's success.
"I'm so proud of Darby and her accomplishments on the court, but I'm even more proud of the young woman who will graduate in May and go impact the world with her positivity and servant leadership."
A 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award finalist who helped lead Belmont to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Maggard stands as one of the most dangerous and accurate 3-point shooters in NCAA history, ranking fourth all time with 430 made threes in her career. She is one of just seven players to ever surpass 400 made 3-pointers and the only one to do so while making better than 40 percent of her 3-point attempts (43.1 percent).
She also set both OVC and Belmont school records for career 3-pointers made, but the 5-foot-5 guard proved herself so much more than a 3-point specialist. Maggard is the only player in NCAA Division I history to dish out at least 650 career assists while also making more than 400 3-pointers.
Maggard also garnered another honor recently from the WBCA. She was selected to participate in the prestigious "So You Want To Be A Coach" program that will be held this weekend during the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla. She is one of just 60 players from around the country and across all levels of college women's basketball to earn a spot within the coaching program, which covers three days of workshops and runs in conjunction with the WBCA Convention, April 3-5.