BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Audrey Tingle, West Liberty University’s record-setting women’s basketball standout, has been honored as the Mountain East Conference’s 2022 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

    This is the latest in a long list of post-season honors for the 5-6 graduate student from West Lafayette, Ohio. A first-team NCAA Division II Academic All-American, Tingle was honored in March as the 2022 NCAA Division II National Academic All-American of the Year for women’s basketball and is a finalist for the 2022 NCAA Division II Female Academic All-American of the Year for all sports.

    Her academic credentials are impeccable. Tingle maintained a perfect 4.00 grade-point average while pursuing her MBA this season after completing her undergraduate degree last year with a perfect 4.00 GPA in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She will complete her MBA degree over the summer and will begin work on her master’s in Speech Pathology and Audiology this fall when she returns to the hilltop as a student assistant coach.

    On the court, Tingle capped a stellar 5-year career last winter with one of the most outstanding seasons in West Liberty women’s basketball history. A 4-time MEC Player of the Week, she set an NCAA Division II season record with six triple-doubles – twice posting triple-doubles in back-to-back games – and is tied for the all-time NCAA Division II career mark with 7 triple-doubles. 

    Her 19 double-doubles ranked third in the nation and she averaged a double-double for the season: 14.1 ppg., 10.5 rpg. and 7.1 assists/game. Tingle ranked No. 2 nationally with 212 assists and 7.1 assists/game and was 12th in the nation with 314 rebounds despite her diminutive stature. She was the only NCAA woman to post 200-plus assists and 300-plus rebounds during the regular season.

    The first-team All-MEC and All-Atlantic Region selection closed out her career near the top of the Hilltoppers’ all-time leaderboard in multiple categories. She is 15th on the career scoring list with 1,241 points, 2nd in career rebounds with 998 retrieves and 4th in assists (856) and steals (198). Her 856 assists rank among the Top 10 career totals in NCAA Division II history.

    The MEC Male and Female Scholar-Athlete Awards were created to recognize the conference’s male and female student-athletes who best pursued excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. Minimum qualifications included a 3.30 grade-point average, participation in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests in an MEC-sponsored sport and a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each member school nominated one male and one female student-athlete.

    The Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year are selected by a vote of institutional administrators and the conference office.

MEC FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

2014-15: Nichole Perry (Charleston, Basketball)

2015-16: Lauren Langenderfer (Notre Dame, Basketball)

2016-17: Kayce Krucki (Wheeling Jesuit, Volleyball)

2017-18: Mackenzie Harrison (Fairmont State, Volleyball)

2018-19: Kristine Gegeshidze (Charleston, Tennis)

2019-20: Haley Kramer (Wheeling, Volleyball)

2020-21: Sierra Kotchman (Fairmont State, Basketball)

2021-22: AUDREY TINGLE (WEST LIBERTY, BASKETBALL)