June 25, 2014
MarieElena Bolles, Breanna Stewart and 10 other Honda Sports Award winners are finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup which will be announced live on Monday, June 30, at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT, from the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The 12 honorees were chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools and among four finalists in each sport. The 12 Honda Sports Award winners in order of sports announced are:
MarieElena Bolles (UConn), Field Hockey, Senior, Forward, Phoenixville, Pa.
2013 NFHCA Player of the Year... Big East Offensive Player of the Year... totaled 17 goals and added 14 assists for 48 points on the season, all of which are career-bests... led the Huskies to their first National title since 1985... amassed 129 career points to finish in sixth place on UConn's all-time points list... career marks of 47 goals and 35 assists landed her eighth and ninth, on the respective career lists... three-time first-team All-Big East... member of the Big East All-Tournament Team... NFHCA Mideast Region Player of the Year... two time NFHCA All-American and three-time All-Region choice... NCAA All-Tournament nod following UConn's National Title... four-time NFHCA national academic squad... UConn Club outstanding senior scholar-athlete.
Breanna Stewart (Uconn), Basketball, Sophomore, Forward, Syracuse, N.Y.
2014 Associated Press, Naismith, USBWA, espnW and AAC Player of the Year... led Connecticut to national championship and a 40-0 perfect season... AAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player... NCAA Championship MOP and Championship All-Tournament team... averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game... scored over 1,000 career points in the third-fewest amount of career games (63) in UConn history... second-highest scorer in program history as a sophomore with 777 points this season... in 40 wins, scored in double-figures in 37 games and scored 20+ points on 21 different occasions.
Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth), Cross Country, Senior, Topsfield, Mass.
USTFCCCA Woman's National Cross Country Athlete of the Year... finalist the last two seasons for the Honda Award for Cross Country before capturing the title this fall... perfect 6-for-6 in races this fall... first Ivy League student-athlete on either the men's or women's side to win the NCAA individual title... won Ivy League Cross Country title... broke the Ivy league's 6K course record (19:40.8) by 48 seconds as well as setting a new mark for largest margin of victory (:39.2)... seven-time national champion and 12-time All-American in both cross country and track & field... received Dartmouth's Kenneth Arhchibald Prize as best senior all-around athlete and the Class of 1976 award as the most outstanding female athlete of the year.
Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA), Soccer, Junior, Defense, Menlo Park, Calif.
Three-time NSCAA All-American, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-12 member... first defender in 10 years to be selected a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy... named NSCAA Scholar All-America Player of the Year... Soccer America MVPs first-team... earned NSCAA first-team Scholar All-American and All-West Region honors... Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors.. two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention... leader of a UCLA defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation in team goals against average (0.30) and shut out a school-record 18 opponents, including five of six in the NCAA Tournament... defense allowed just eight goals all season and only one in postseason play... finished the year ranked second on the team in minutes played (2,194) and contributed one goal and two assists from her center back position... U.S. Under-23 training camp.
Krista Vansant (Washington), Volleyball, Junior, Outside Hitter, Redlands, Calif.
2013 AVCA National Player of the Year... AVCA All-America first-team... named the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year... led Huskies to first Final Four since 2006... finished the season with 511 kills, fifth-most in single season school history, and most in the 25-point scoring era... averaged 4.41 per set while hitting .320... had career-highs with 33 aces and averaged 0.70 blocks and a career-best 2.82 digs per set... climbed up to fifth in career kills at Washington this season, now with 1,328... Seattle Female Sports Star of the Year.
Felicia Lee (Stanford), Swimming & Diving, Senior, Wayne, N.J.
Earned seven All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA championship while capturing five NCAA titles... finished first in the 100 fly and with relay teams in the 200 and 400 free and the 200 and 400 medley... two-time Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for the months of November and January... holds four school records, three Avery Aquatic Center records, two Pac-12 titles... finished her career with 19 All-America accolades... member of the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team and has been a national team member since 2009.
Kim Jacob (Alabama), Gymnastics, Senior, All-Around, Raleigh, N.C.
Won the NCAA All-Around title, highest individual honor at the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championship... competed in 11 of 12 events at the national championships, most of any gymnast in the meet... an 11-time NCAA All-American, including four first-team honors in 2014, the most in the nation... first-team All-SEC... SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year for a conference-record third year in a row... Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year... first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American... two-time NCAA Elite 89 Award... 2014 SEC Postgraduate Scholarship winner and NCAA postgraduate scholarship... finalist for the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award... inducted into the 26th order of XXXI, the University of Alabama elite women's leadership honorary... two-time Alabama Community Service award winner.
Taylor Cummings (Maryland), Lacrosse, Sophomore, Midfielder, Ellicott City, Md.
2014 Tewaaraton Award winner... two-time IWLCA first-team All-American... first female sophomore to ever win the Tewaaraton... helped Maryland earn a national championship... led the Terrapins in goals scored (63), draw controls (128), ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (30)... U.S. Women's National Team member... earned All-ACC honors for a second time... named to the ACC All-Tournament Team... named the NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player after her performance in the final four.
Celine Boutier (Duke), Golf, Sophomore, Montrouge, France
WGCA National Player of the Year... led Duke to the national title... WGCA first-team All-American... registered a 71.50 stroke average, three victories, six top five finishes and seven top 10 placements on the year... posted three wins in the spring and a 70.77 stroke average in seven tournaments... ACC Player of the Year... led Duke on the season with 20 rounds of even or under par, including seven rounds in the 60... carded a 616-37 head-to-head record in the spring against the best teams in the nation... collected her first three collegiate victories at the Bryan National Collegiate, PING/ASU Invitational and the ACC Championship... finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship, marking the second straight top-four placement in the final tournament of the season.
Madison Shipman (Tennessee), Softball, Senior, Shortstop, Valencia, Calif.
First Tennessee student-athlete in any sport to win the Senior CLASS Award... three-time NFCA All-America... two-time Capital One Academic All-America honors... top 10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award... fourth Lady Vol to be named SEC Player of the Year... two-time SEC Player of the Week... league leader in SEC play in on-base pct. (.591)... second in SEC games in batting avg. (.449), slugging pct. (.899) and runs (26)... finished the year with a team-high .417 batting average, 18 homers, 16 doubles, 54 RBIs, 56 runs, 46 walks and 13 stolen bases... also led the team with a .833 slugging percentage and a .548 on-base percentage... tied Tennessee's single-season record with a 20-game hitting streak from Feb. 9 to March 9... set a new school single-game record with nine defensive assists in a game... closed her career ranked in Tennessee's top five in six different offensive categories.
Robin Anderson (UCLA), Tennis, Junior, Matawan, N.J.
Pac-12 Player of the Year... closed the season ranked second in the nation in singles and fifth nationally as part of her doubles team... earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles in each of her three seasons with UCLA... three-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection... helped lead UCLA to the NCAA title this year posting victories in both singles and doubles in the final match... named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player... completed her season with a 34-6 singles record and a 34-2 doubles mark.
Sharika Nelvis (Arkansas State), Track & Field, Senior, Memphis, Tenn.
Three-time USTFCCCA first-team All-America... SBC Female Athlete of the Year... five-time SBC Most Outstanding Track Athlete (indoor and outdoor)... five-time All-SBC First-Team... won the NCAA Division I outdoor 100-meter hurdles and indoor 60-meter hurdles national titles as part of an undefeated season in 11 finals in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles... won outdoor Sun Belt titles in the 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles and 200 meters in addition to finishing runner-up in the long jump... won indoor Sun Belt titles in the 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles, 200 meters and long jump.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation's top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.