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WVU's Buchanan Named Big 12 Athlete of the Year

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WVU defender Kadeisha Buchanan waves to the fans following an NCAA Tournament win in Morgantown. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) WVU defender Kadeisha Buchanan waves to the fans following an NCAA Tournament win in Morgantown. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
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Kadeisha Buchanan has been named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year for her performance in guiding West Virginia University to the national championship game in her senior season.

Each Big 12 member submits a nominee for both the male and female athletes of the year based on athletic performance, academic achievement and citizenship. A media panel and fan voting then determine the winner from the 10 eligible athletes.

It’s only fitting that Kadeisha Buchanan is the first WVU student-athlete to win the Big 12 Athlete of the Year award,” Mountaineer women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown told WVUSports.com. “She took our standard of excellence to a whole new level, and I am so proud of everything she did for our program, the University and this athletic department during her four-year career. Kadeisha put in a lot of hard work to earn this honor.”

Buchanan has made a habit of reeling in honors throughout her career at WVU, including the 2016 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy for the nation’s best female college soccer player. She is a four-time All-American and was named the 2016 espnW and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year.

The Mountaineers have come to rely on Buchanan defensively to help guide the program to five-straight Big 12 regular season championships along with three conference tournament titles. This year’s team notched a program-record 23 victories on its way to finishing national runners-up in the College Cup.

Izzo-Brown and the WVU women’s soccer team will open the 2017 season at Georgetown on Aug. 18, taking on a Hoyas team that also reached the College Cup in 2016. The Mountaineers host Virginia on Aug. 24 in the team’s home opener at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

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