TAMPA, Florida – Iowa State women’s basketball senior Bridget Carleton caps her historic season with two of the highest distinctions Women’s College Basketball has to offer. The Chatham, Ontario native was named the 2019 Cheryl Miller Award winner, which honors the best small forward in NCAA Division I. Upon earning the award, Carleton is also named to the Naismith Starting 5.
“It’s a huge honor to receive an award named after Cheryl Miller, who has been such a pioneer in bringing women’s basketball to the forefront of athletics, “Carleton said. “She was one of the best to play our game, and I am humbled to be recognized for this award and included in the Naismith Starting 5. This isn’t possible without all of the opportunities Iowa State has given me. I am so thankful for my coaches and teammates putting me in the best positions to be successful during the last year.”
Carleton also was named to the 10-member WBCA Coaches All-America Team. She becomes the first Iowa State women’s basketball player to earn either distinction. She is also just the second student-athlete to earn the Cheryl Miller Award, joining UConn’s Gabby Williams, who was the inaugural recipient.
“Bridget had a special year and helped to lead Iowa State to one of our best season’s ever, ” head coach Bill Fennelly said. “Receiving these awards is a tremendous honor for her and our program. What an amazing way to end one of the greatest Cyclone careers ever.”
Carleton’s latest honors come after putting together the best single-season in Iowa State history, ranking in the top-10 in school history in nearly every statistical category. Carleton set school records for points scored (760), scoring average (21.7 PPG), field-goals made (254) and field-goals attempted (543). Carleton also ranked second in free-throws made (180) and attempted (209), third in steals (79), fourth in rebounds (302) and tied for ninth in blocks (43).