For the second straight year, St. Bonaventure women’s basketball alum Katie Healy has been voted the Intrepid’s Female Athlete of the Year.
The award was voted on by Intrepid sports staffers and contributors as well as St. Bonaventure athletic director Tim Kenney, who was given a guest vote. Voters were able to choose any Division I female athlete who competed for Bonaventure in the 2016 calendar year. Others receiving votes (in alphabetical order) were softball senior Desiree Gonzalez, cross country sophomore Emily Izydorczak, softball alum Emily McDonough and basketball junior Mariah Ruff.
The 6-foot-1 Healy averaged 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds and a block and steal a game in A-10 play. She was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, leading the Bonnies to a 12-4 conference record that was good for fourth in the standings and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Lancaster, N.Y. native had one of her best games in the first round of the big dance, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting in a 65-54 win over Oklahoma St. SBU lost the next game to Oregon St., but Healy finished her illustrious career first in school history in blocks (155), third in rebounds (833) and fourth in points (1,708).
Healy’s outstanding collegiate career earned her a contract to play for Panionios GSS Athens in Greece. She has led the team in scoring (17 ppg), rebounding (9.1 rpg) and assists (four) in her first eight games.
There will be a new Intrepid Female Athlete of the Year in 2017, but Healy winning the first two is another example of how remarkable she was in a brown and white uniform.