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The University of Wyoming announced Tuesday it was nominating former student-athlete Liv Roberts for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Roberts will be among conference candidates first, with the Mountain West Conference announcing its winner in early August.

Roberts, a native of Missoula, Montana, was a three-time Academic All-Mountain West and two-time conference Scholar-Athlete selection. She graduated from UW in May with a degree in elementary education. On the basketball court she was named 2018 MW Player of the Year and was a two-time All-MW player. She was also a two-time member of the all-conference defensive team.

Roberts’ junior season ended prematurely with an ACL injury in the penultimate week of the conference season. Roberts returned to the court for her senior season having missed just the opening game against NCAA Division II Chadron State, completing her four-year letter-winning career.

Last year she became the 24th player in program history with 1,000 career points. She finished with 1,201. She also had 597 rebounds, the 16th most in program history.

The Cowgirls won 20 games the past two seasons during Roberts’ two-year stint as one of the conference’s most threatening players. That stretch includes a program-record 13 conference wins.

Roberts’ name has been submitted to the Mountain West for award consideration. If chosen, Roberts will move into a pool from which a selection committee will narrow its list to 30 total, 10 from all three NCAA Divisions. That list will then narrow to the top three from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics will then vote on its recipient of the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award. That ceremony will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Oct. 28.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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