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Bridget Carleton

Iowa State University


Bridget Carleton has been a member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team the last two seasons. She maintains a 3.30 GPA in kinesiology.


“Bridget exemplifies exactly what a student-athlete should be on and off the court. She has impacted success in all areas since she came to Iowa State,” said Head Coach Bill Fennelly.

Carleton is a model student and person. She is a wonderful teammate, and her attitude and sportsmanship on the court is a model for All-Big 12 student-athletes. She competes with a smile on her face no matter what happens on the court. She is always the first to extend an arm to help a teammate or opponent up on the court. Despite competing with Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team much of the summer and beginning of the school year, she stayed incredibly involved in team-building activities, always being the first to voluntarily submit her written exercises.


The Iowa State women’s basketball team is heavily involved in the Ames community, but Carleton is a leader on the community service front. For multiple years, she has volunteered at Healthy Streets Ames, assisted with a holiday canned food drive, welcomed students back to school at local elementary schools and helped shop for those in need for Christmas. In addition, this summer the team went on a foreign tour to Costa Rica and visited a local orphanage. The team spent time with the children and also voluntarily gave their meal money to the orphanage.

One of Carleton’s favorite service projects is the team’s annual trip to the Ankeny Miracle League park.


Carleton was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American following her junior season and averaging 19.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. She is the ninth Cyclone to be recognized by the AP, as she led the team in points, rebounds, steals, blocks and 3-pointers made. Carleton has been honored by the Big 12 coaches as an unanimous first-team all-conference selection the last two seasons, one of just a few Big 12 athletes to achieve the honor. Carleton was also named a finalist for the inaugural Cheryl Miller Award, which honors the nation’s top small forward. She currently ranks 15th in school history with 1,382 career points. She also netted 347 points in Big 12 action last season, breaking the Iowa State school record, while her 594 points on the season, rank as the fourth-most in school history. Her ten Big 12 weekly honors also stand first in the league among active players.

*All stats as of nomination time.