Two newly graduated CSUSB student-athletes nominated for 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year
Office of Strategic Communication
Cal State San Bernardino recent graduates Gabby Evaristo and Morgan Ratliff have been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, making up two of the four nominees from the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Evaristo (soccer) and Ratliff (softball) competed for the Coyotes in 2018-19, making them eligible for the award. In addition, they also met the NCAA’s rigorous nomination standards of having at least a 3.0 grade-point average (out of a 4.0 GPA), be at least an all-conference selection, and demonstrate active service to the community.
Both have not only succeeded on the playing field, but also in the classroom.
Evaristo is a two-time Academic All-American who has compiled a 3.99 GPA and graduated in June with a degree in computer engineering and minor in mathematics. She has spent over 100 hours volunteering in her community, at locations that include Helping Hands Pantry, Loma Linda Children's Hospital, Adopt-A-Highway, the DisABILITY Sports Festival, youth soccer clinics, and tutoring four different courses on campus.
In addition to being a two-time Academic All-American, she is a four-time CCAA All-Academic selection, had 10 quarters with a 4.0 GPA, and made the President's List six times and Dean's List 11 times. She is the 2019 CSUSB Scholar-Athlete of the Year, CCAA Charnofsky Award winner, and an All-Conference honoree.
Ratliff is also a June graduate. She earned a degree in health science with a 3.21 GPA. She also has over 100 hours of service with places such as the Santa Clara Baptist Church, the DisABILITY Sports Festival, Late Night, and the Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser. She is a four-time All-CCAA selection, including three times on the first team. She was the 2019 CCAA Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-Region selection. While at CSUSB she made the Dean's List three times.
Also nominated from the CCAA were Summer Bales, a soccer player from UC San Diego, and Lisa Flora, track and field, from Cal State San Marcos.
A record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Next, the NCAA member athletic conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each of the NCAA’s three divisions.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2019 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Oct. 20.