Honda Sports Award (basketball)

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The Honda Sports Award for basketball is presented annually to the best women's college basketball player, as selected by a panel of more than 1,000 NCAA administrators. The award was first presented following the 1976–77 season.[1][2] Four nominees are chosen annually by a panel of coaches representing the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and the winner is chosen by the votes of administrators from every NCAA member institution, with each institution having one vote.[3]

Winners[edit]

Thirty-one women's college basketball players have received the Honda Sports Award for basketball in the 41 seasons it has been presented. Nine players have won the award multiple times. Breanna Stewart of UConn is the only three-time winner; eight others have won the award twice: Nancy Lieberman of Old Dominion, Cheryl Miller of USC, Dawn Staley of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi of UConn, Seimone Augustus of LSU, Candace Parker of Tennessee, and Maya Moore of UConn.

Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Honda Sports Award at that point
Season Player School Position Class
1976–77 Lucy Harris Delta State C Senior
1977–78 Ann Meyers UCLA G Senior
1978–79 Nancy Lieberman Old Dominion G Junior
1979–80 Nancy Lieberman (2) Old Dominion G Senior
1980–81 Lynette Woodard Kansas G Senior
1981–82 Pam Kelly Louisiana Tech C Senior
1982–83 Anne Donovan Old Dominion C Senior
1983–84 Cheryl Miller USC F Sophomore
1984–85 Cheryl Miller (2) USC F Junior
1985–86 Kamie Ethridge Texas G Senior
1986–87 Katrina McClain Georgia F Senior
1987–88 Teresa Weatherspoon Louisiana Tech G Senior
1988–89 Bridgette Gordon Tennessee C Senior
1989–90 Jennifer Azzi Stanford G Senior
1990–91 Dawn Staley Virginia G Junior
1991–92 Dawn Staley (2) Virginia G Senior
1992–93 Sheryl Swoopes Texas Tech G/F Senior
1993–94 Lisa Leslie USC C Senior
1994–95 Rebecca Lobo Connecticut[a] C Senior
1995–96 Jennifer Rizzotti Connecticut[a] G Senior
1996–97 DeLisha Milton Florida F Senior
1997–98 Chamique Holdsclaw Tennessee F Sophomore
1998–99 Chamique Holdsclaw (2) Tennessee F Junior
1998–99 Stephanie White-McCarty Purdue G Senior
1999–00 Shea Ralph Connecticut[a] G Junior
2000–01 Jackie Stiles Southwest Missouri State[b] G Senior
2001–02 Sue Bird Connecticut[a] G Senior
2002–03 Diana Taurasi Connecticut[a] F Junior
2003–04 Diana Taurasi (2) Connecticut[a] F Senior
2004–05 Seimone Augustus LSU G Junior
2005–06 Seimone Augustus (2) LSU G Senior
2006–07 Candace Parker Tennessee C Junior
2007–08 Candace Parker (2) Tennessee C Senior
2008–09 Renee Montgomery Connecticut[a] G Senior
2009–10 Maya Moore Connecticut[a] F Junior
2010–11 Maya Moore (2) Connecticut[a] F Senior
2011–12 Brittney Griner Baylor C Junior
2012–13 Elena Delle Donne Delaware G/F Senior
2013–14 Breanna Stewart UConn F Sophomore
2014–15 Breanna Stewart (2) UConn F Junior
2015–16 Breanna Stewart (3) UConn F Senior
2016–17 Kelsey Plum Washington G Senior
2017–18 A'ja Wilson South Carolina F Senior
2018–19 Megan Gustafson Iowa C Senior
2019–20 Sabrina Ionescu Oregon G Senior
2020–21 NaLyssa Smith Baylor F Junior
2021–22 Aliyah Boston[4] South Carolina C Junior
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Officially known for sports purposes as "UConn" since 2013–14.
  2. ^ Known as Missouri State since 2005.

Totals by school[edit]

The following is a list of all schools with players having received the Honda Sports Award in basketball, the total number of awards per school, the number of individual players awarded per school, and the years in which the awards were received.
School Total awards Individual recipients Years
UConn 12 8 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Tennessee 5 3 1989, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008
Old Dominion 3 2 1979, 1980, 1983
USC 3 2 1984, 1985, 1994
Baylor 2 2 2012, 2021
Louisiana Tech 2 2 1982, 1988
South Carolina 2 2 2018, 2022
LSU 2 1 2005, 2006
Virginia 2 1 1991, 1992
Delaware 1 1 2013
Delta State 1 1 1977
Florida 1 1 1997
Georgia 1 1 1987
Iowa 1 1 2019
Kansas 1 1 1981
Oregon 1 1 2020
Purdue 1 1 1999
Missouri State 1 1 2001
Stanford 1 1 1990
Texas 1 1 1986
Texas Tech 1 1 1993
UCLA 1 1 1978
Washington 1 1 2017

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's College Basketball Awards (2016–17)" (PDF). ncaa.org. NCAA. p. 15. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Basketball". collegiatewomensportsawards.com. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Nominees Announced for 2015-16 Honda Sport Award for Women's Basketball". collegiatewomensportsawards.com. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "South Carolina's Aliyah Boston Named Class of 2022 Honda Sport Award Winner for Basketball" (Press release). The Collegiate Women's Sports Awards. April 18, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2022.