Five Finalists Named For Collegiate Woman Athlete Of The Year

June 18, 2003

New York, NY - The five finalists for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year were announced today. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year balloting involves all NCAA member institutions, with nominees selected from among 12 women chosen as the most outstanding in their sport during the school year.

The winner will be announced on June 23, when she will receive the 27th annual Honda-Broderick Cup. This is the top award given by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. sponsors the awards program.

The finalists are volleyball's Logan Tom of Stanford University; lacrosse star Rachael Becker of Princeton; swimmer Natalie Coughlin of the University of California, Berkeley; basketball standout Dian Taurasi of the University of Connecticut, and softball's Natasha Watley of UCLA.

Tom, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah, led Stanford to a 32-5 record and the NCAA Championhip match. A four-time first-team AVCA All-American, she had 518 kills during the season for a 4.89 average along with a .317 hitting percentage and 348 digs (3.28 per game). She was honored as the AVCA National Player of the Year for the second consecutive year (2001 and 2002) and ended her career as the all-time leader in kills on The Farm.

She is currently playing with the U.S. National Team.

Becker, a senior who resides in Broomall, PA, and plays defense, held Final Four opponents' top scorers to a combined one goal and led Princeton to the NCAA lacrosse title.

Coughlin, a junior and resident of Concord, CA, won the NCAA title for the third straight time in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke, and the 100 yard butterfly. She holds the U.S. and NCAA marks in all three events.

Taurasi, a junior guard who live in Chino, CA, led Connecticut to its second straight national basketball title and a 37-1 record. She scored 28 points in the championship game, a 73-68 victory over Tennessee.

Watley, a senior shortstop and resident of Irvine, CA, batted .440 in the Women's College World Series as UCLA won the NCAA Championship. For the season, she hit .481 with 10 homers, scored 64 runs and stole 35 bases. This marked her third season of 100-plus hits, giving her 395 for her career, third best all-time.

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