Kandis Jones Earns NCAA Woman Of The Year Nomination

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Former New Mexico State softball centerfielder Kandis Jones earned recognition as one of a record 473 college and university nominees for the 21st annual NCAA Woman of the Year award, the organization recently announced.

The award that will be presented in October, honors senior female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

"Any coach would love to have Kandis in their lineup, because every day the team could count on engaged, enthusiastic effort and clutch performance," said head coach Kathy Rodolph. "She is the complete embodiment of what coaches want their student-athletes to be, so this honor is well-deserved."

Jones will represent New Mexico State as well as the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this summer as the Woman of the Year selection committee chooses the top 10 honorees in each division.

This year's conference honorees are recognized on the NCAA Woman of the Year website (www.ncaa.org/woty). The top 30 honorees will be announced in late August. The NCAA Woman of the Year for 2011 will be announced during an awards dinner on Sunday, October 16 in Indianapolis.

Jones graduated this spring with a degree in community health while posting a near-perfect grade point average. She is a two-time All-WAC outfielder who earned first team conference honors in 2011. She helped lead New Mexico State to a program-best 44-17 record, its first WAC regular season and tournament championships as well as the Aggies' first NCAA tournament selection.

A native of La Mirada, Calif., Jones set new NM State single-season records in 2011 with 82 hits and 61 runs scored. Primarily hitting in the second position of the batting order, Jones posted a .387 average at the plate while driving in 34 runs this season.

The four-year starter became just the ninth NM State softball player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in May and only the fourth to claim first team accolades.

The aspiring nursing student claims two All-District All-Academic honors after receiving recognition in 2009 in addition to this season. Jones is also a three-time member of the Academic All-WAC Team. This spring Jones was recognized by NM State as the 2011 female Outstanding Athletic Scholar.

Earlier in her senior campaign, Jones earned All-America honors from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

After four years in a Crimson and White uniform, Jones played in 222 career games and made 209 starts. This season, Jones set a pair of Aggie career records with 260 hits and 175 runs scored to go with new single-season records in both statistical categories.

Jones led the WAC this year in hits and runs scored. Additionally, she posted the WAC's longest hitting streak of the season spanning 12 games. Jones also led the league with 25 multiple hit games.

A vital member of the Aggies' record-setting 2011 squad, Jones is one of seven departing seniors that helped the New Mexico State program reach new heights this past season.