King to be Recognized at NCAA Women's Final Four; Brown Alum Coaching in Semis
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Caroline King (Valencia, Pa.) of the Brown women's basketball team will be heading to the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans this weekend to be recognized as a member of the WBCA Good Works Team, which was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company.
King was one of five Division I women's basketball players selected to the inaugural team, along with Blanche Alverson (Auburn), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Drey Mingo (Purdue) and Gizelle Studevent (Penn State). The award recognizes a unique group of men's and women's college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
King and the other members of the team will be recognized on the court during halftime of NCAA Women's Final Four National Semifinal game between No. 5 Louisville and No. 2 California on Sunday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. King and the team will also be recognized at NCAA Tourney Town and the WBCA Awards Show, and will take a visit to Children's Hospital of New Orleans.
As a student-athlete at Brown, King has compiled an impressive list of academic and athletic accolades, as well as a myriad of contributions to the community. She developed a fundraising partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ivy League, volunteers at several local organizations, and serves as the President of BrowNation, Brown's largest athletic support club on campus. In 2010, she earned the Bessie H. Rudd Leadership award at Brown University for her community service work and leadership within the school's community.
In addition to King, the first semifinal matchup will feature another Brown connection, as Cal head coach Lindsey Gottlieb is a former member of the Bears' women's basketball team. Gottlieb, who graduated from Brown in '99, is in her second season at the helm and has enjoyed tremendous success in her young career as a head coach with back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. Gottlieb is just two wins shy of a national championship after leading Cal to consecutive 20-win seasons.