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Be the Difference

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Award Recpients

ROBERT L. AND WILLIAM P. McCAHILL AWARD

BlocktonAllazia J. Blockton, Comm ’19    
Wauwatosa, Wis.

Zaya left Marquette as its most decorated women’s basketball player. With 2,204 career points, she’s the program’s all-time leading scorer and became the first Marquette player — male or female — to exceed 2,000 points scored. She is the only player in Marquette history to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounds and assists.

Now in the first season of her professional career, Zaya is a guard for Dynamo KYV in Ukraine. She also has played for the Spanish team Campus Promete Logrono and Basquete Blumenau in Brazil and participated in training camp with the Chicago Sky.

The accolades Zaya received during her collegiate career were not limited to the university. The three-time WBCA All-American was named the 2018 BIG EAST Player of the Year and was selected for the All-BIG EAST First Team twice. During the 2015-2016 season, she set a first-year player record for Marquette with 571 points and earned the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year award. Her favorite Marquette memory, however, is winning the BIG EAST tournament during her sophomore year. “That’s a feeling I’ll never forget,” she says.

In addition to her on-court talents, Zaya was a two-time BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As a junior, she earned the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for women’s basketball. The Milwaukee native also enjoyed participating in campus service events like Hunger Clean-Up and mentoring freshmen student-athletes through Marquette’s MAGIS Mentor program.

Zaya says she will value this recognition for the rest of her life: “This award means so much because it means that I wasn’t just known for my athletic ability, but for my character, leadership and academics.”

Fun Fact:

The Marquette professor who made the biggest impact on Zaya was Dr. Rick Jones. As Zaya’s first college professor, he taught her how to prepare for and succeed in college courses. “He was so cool and understanding,” Zaya says. “He made college fun.”