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Brittney Yevette Griner (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association
Women's National Basketball Association
(WNBA) and in Russia
Russia
for UMMC Ekaterinburg. She played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.[1][2] She is the only NCAA
NCAA
basketball player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots.[3] In 2012, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Standing 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall, Griner wears a men's US size 17 shoe and has an arm span of 86 in (2.2 m).[4][5] In 2009, Griner was named the nation's #1 high school women's basketball player by Rivals.com.[4] Griner was selected to the 2009 McDonald's
McDonald's
All-American basketball team.[6] In 2012, she received the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award. Griner was recently on the USA Olympic Women's team, where she helped lead them to victory. In 2013, Griner signed an endorsement deal with Nike.[7]

Contents

1 Early life 2 High school career 3 College career

3.1 College statistics

4 Professional career

4.1 WNBA 4.2 USA Basketball 4.3 Overseas

5 Honors 6 Personal life

6.1 Griner–Johnson domestic violence case

7 Career statistics

7.1 WNBA regular season 7.2 WNBA Postseason

8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Griner is the daughter of Sandra Griner. She has three older siblings.[8] High school career[edit] Griner attended Nimitz High School in Houston. In addition to lettering in basketball throughout high school, she played varsity volleyball as a freshman. Starting in her sophomore year, Griner practiced with the boys' basketball team, and worked with a Nimitz football coach to develop her leg strength in preparation for learning to dunk.[9] During her junior season, a YouTube video featuring her dunks was watched more than 2.7 million times,[10] leading to a meeting with Shaquille O'Neal.[11] During her senior year, Griner led the Nimitz Cougars to the Texas 5A girls basketball state championship game, where Nimitz lost 52–43 to Mansfield Summit High School. Griner dunked 52 times in 32 games as a senior, setting a single-game record of seven dunks against Aldine High School.[12] Houston
Houston
mayor Bill White declared May 7, 2009, Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
Day.[13] On 11 November 2008, she recorded 25 blocks in a game against Houston
Houston
Alief Hastings, the most ever recorded by a female in a high school game in the US.[11] In her 2008–09 season, she recorded 318 blocks, a single season record.[14] Griner was named a WBCA All-American and participated in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game, leading the team by scoring 20 points and collecting 9 rebounds.[15] College career[edit] Griner played college basketball at Baylor University
Baylor University
in Waco, Texas. As a freshman, Griner's 223 blocked shots set the all-time single-season record, establishing her as one of the greatest shot blockers in women's basketball history.[16] On December 16, 2009, Griner recorded Baylor's first triple-double[17] with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference
record 11 blocked shots. In January 2010, she became only the seventh player to dunk during a women's college basketball game,[18] and only the second woman to dunk twice in a single college game, making the second and third dunks of her college career[19] in a lopsided 99–18 victory against Texas State University. On March 3, 2010, Griner and Texas Tech player Jordan Barncastle were battling for position near the lane. As a foul was being called on Barncastle, Griner took two steps forward and threw a right-handed roundhouse punch which broke Barncastle's nose. Griner was then ejected from the game. Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey
Kim Mulkey
then imposed another one-game suspension in addition to the one-game suspension mandated by NCAA
NCAA
rules.[20][21] Baylor entered the NCAA
NCAA
Tournament as a 4th seed, and knocked off top-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet 16. On March 22, Griner set an NCAA tournament record with 14 blocked shots in a 49–33 win against the Georgetown Hoyas.[22] In the Elite Eight, Baylor defeated Duke 51–48, and Griner blocked 9 shots, totaling 35 for the tournament, a new NCAA
NCAA
Women's Tournament record. Duke's Alison Bales
Alison Bales
had held the previous record of 30 blocks in the 2006 NCAA
NCAA
Women's Tournament.[23] Baylor reached the Final Four, before losing to eventual-champion UConn, 70–50. Griner was named an AP Second Team All-American.[24] As a sophomore, Griner received First Team All-American honors after averaging 23 points a game, including a career-high 40 points against Green Bay in the Sweet 16.[25] In her junior season, Griner averaged 23.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5 blocks per game.[25] She blocked more shots than any other Division I women's team that season.[26] Griner was named AP Player of the Year [27] and The 2012 Premier Player of Women's College Basketball. On April 3, 2012, Griner led Baylor with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to win the Division I Women's Basketball
Basketball
Championship, 80–61 over Notre Dame. Griner was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. Baylor finished its undefeated season with 40 wins, the most in NCAA
NCAA
history.[28] After winning the championship on 3 April 2012, Griner decided to withdraw her candidacy for a roster spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team. A month later Griner broke her wrist after jumping off her skateboard when she was going down a ramp.[29] Her college career came to an end in the 2013 NCAA
NCAA
women's basketball tournament when Baylor lost to the University of Louisville
University of Louisville
Cardinals in the sweet 16.[30] College statistics[edit]

Year GP-GS MPG PPG Season high FG% RPG Season high BPG Season high APG TPG Notable stat.

2009–10 35–35 33.5 18.4 34 50% 8.5 21 6.4 14 1.0 2.8 Set NCAA
NCAA
record for blocks in a season

2010–11 37–37 31.8 23.0 40 54% 7.8 15 4.6 10 1.4 2.1

2011–12 40–40 32.7 23.2 45 61% 9.5 15 5.2 9 1.6 1.7

2012–13 33–33 30.3 23.8 50 60% 9.0 15 4.8 7 2.4 1.8 736 career blocked shots is NCAA
NCAA
record for men and women

*2012–13 statistics as of 3/21/13

Year Baylor record NCAA
NCAA
tournament result AP All-American

2009–10 27–10 Final Four (lost to UConn 70–50) 2nd Team

2010–11 34–3 Elite Eight (lost to Texas A&M 58-46) 1st Team

2011–12 40–0 CHAMPION (80–61 win over Notre Dame) 1st Team

2012–13 34–2 Sweet Sixteen (lost to Louisville 82-81) 1st Team

Professional career[edit] WNBA[edit]

Griner dunking at the 2015 WNBA All-Star game held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville CT

The only international players surpassing her height are the late Margo Dydek, at 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), the late Sue Geh, at 2.06 metres (6 ft 9 in) tall, Heidi Gillingham at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) and Allyssa DeHaan at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m). In the 2013 WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury
selected Griner as the first overall pick. Griner would flourish in her rookie season, being named a WNBA all-star and would be a dominant defensive force in the league, averaging 3.0 blocks per game. In her debut on May 27, 2013 against Chicago Sky, Griner equaled the WNBA dunk record, recording two dunks to equal Candace Parker's career total.[31] She thus became the third WNBA player to dunk and first to do so twice in one game.[32] Despite the All-Star vote, Griner missed the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game with a right knee injury, she was replaced by Tina Thompson.[33] In the 2014 season, Griner's stats would improve, as she averaged 15.6 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game and 3.7 blocks per game. On June 29, 2014, Griner had set a WNBA record with 11 blocks in a regular season game win against the Tulsa Shock, along with 21 points and 8 rebounds.[34] On August 24, 2014, Griner became the first WNBA player to dunk in a playoff game when she helped the Mercury defeat the Los Angeles Sparks, 93–68, at Staples Center.[35] The 2014 season would be a historic season for the Mercury with the combination of Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi
and Candice Dupree
Candice Dupree
as the dominant Big 3 to carry the team plus the arrival of new head coach Sandy Brondello, the Mercury finished 29–5, setting the WNBA record for most wins in a regular season. They made it all the way to the WNBA finals and swept the Chicago Sky
Chicago Sky
3 games to 0, to capture the Mercury's third championship in franchise history.[36] During the series, Griner set WNBA finals records in game 1 for most blocks in a game (8) and most blocks in a quarter (5). In the 2015 season, despite missing the first seven games due to a suspension stemming from her domestic violence case, Griner would have the most prolific defensive season in WNBA history, averaging a career high and WNBA record 4.0 blocks per game, surpassing Margo Dydek's record back in the 1998 season. Although the Mercury were playing without their all-star guard Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi
(who sat out the season to play overseas), the Mercury still made it to the playoffs. In the 2015 playoffs, Griner set a WNBA playoff record with 11 blocks (along with 18 points and 8 reobunds) in a game 1 victory against the Tulsa Shock, whom she also had 11 blocks against in a regular season game the year before.[37] The Mercury would advance to the second round where they would get swept by the Minnesota Lynx
Minnesota Lynx
who would win the championship that year. In the 2016 season, with the return of Diana Taurasi, the Mercury had a more successful playoff run. En route to the playoffs, Griner averaged 14.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and 3.1 blocks per game as the Mercury finished 16–18. During the season, Griner had recorded the sixth triple-double in WNBA history in a win against the Atlanta Dream
Atlanta Dream
where she had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.[38] With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Mercury were the number 8 seed in the league as they faced the Indiana Fever in the first round. The Mercury upset the Fever in the first round elimination game, as Griner had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. In the second round elimination game, the Mercury defeated the number 3 seeded New York Liberty, Griner had 22 points 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in the win. The Mercury advanced to the semifinals (the last round before the WNBA finals) against the championship defending Minnesota Lynx in a best-of-5 series but would get swept 3–0. On March 12, 2017, Griner re-signed with the Mercury to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract expired.[39] In 2017, Griner would have the best season of her career thus far. On June 7, 2017, Griner scored a career-high 38 points along with 9 rebounds in a 98–90 overtime win against the Indiana Fever.[40] Griner would miss 8 games of the season and the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game due to an ankle and knee injury (replaced by Rebekkah Brunson), but finished off the season leading the league in scoring with 21.9 points per game and also lead the league in blocks for the fifth consecutive season. The Mercury would finish with an 18–16 record as the number 5 seed. In the first round elimination game, the Mercury defeated the Seattle Storm
Seattle Storm
79–69, advancing to the second round. Griner scored 23 points along with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win. In the second round elimination game, the Mercury defeated the Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun
88–83 and advanced to the semi-finals. Griner scored 26 points along with 9 rebounds in the win. In the semi-finals, the Mercury were eliminated by the Los Angeles Sparks in a 3-game sweep. USA Basketball[edit] In September 2011, Griner spent two weeks playing under coach Geno Auriemma for the U.S. National Team as part of its European training tour. Griner was the only college player in the group.[41] She averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game with the USA team in Europe.[29] Griner was the sole player still playing in college on the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team finalists roster.[42] Excluding Griner, the average age on the finalists roster was approximately 30 years old compared to Griner, who was 22 years old at the time of the Olympics. Griner decided in April 2012 not to participate in the 2012 Olympics due to family illness and her school schedule.[43] In April 2013, the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
NBA franchise asked Griner to appear in tryouts for the team.[44] In 2016, Griner played for the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team for the Summer Olympics and earned her first Olympic medal as they beat Spain 101–72 for the gold medal. Overseas[edit] In the 2013–14 off-season, Griner played in China
China
for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the WCBA where she signed a 4-month contract for $600,000 which was 12 times the amount she made in her rookie season with the Mercury.[45] In the 2014–15 and 2015–16 off-seasons, Griner played in Russia
Russia
for UMMC Ekaterinburg
UMMC Ekaterinburg
with teammate Diana Taurasi, winning back-to-back championships.[46][47] As of August 2016, Griner re-signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg
UMMC Ekaterinburg
for the 2016-17 off-season.[48] In 2017, Griner re-signed once again with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2017–18 off-season.[49] Honors[edit] Along with being selected as the number one high school player in the country by Rivals.com, Griner was featured on the cover of ESPN's Rise magazine,[50] and was selected by the Women's Basketball
Basketball
Coaches Association as the 2009 State Farm/WBCA High School Player of the Year.[50] Griner also won the 2013 ESPY Award
ESPY Award
for best female college athlete. She was the 2012 winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball[51] and the overall Honda-Broderick Cup winner for all sports.[52] She was the 2012 recipient of the Wade Trophy, presented to the best female NCAA
NCAA
Division I basketball player who embodies the "Spirit of Margaret Wade."[53] She was the winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, in 2012, and again in 2013. The award is given by the U.S. Basketball
Basketball
Writers Association to the nation's top Division I women's player.[54]

2009—WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team[55] 2011—WBCA NCAA
NCAA
Division I Defensive Player of the Year[56] 2012—WBCA NCAA
NCAA
Division I Defensive Player of the Year[56] 2013—WBCA NCAA
NCAA
Division I Defensive Player of the Year[56] 2014—FIBA World Championship All-Star Five[57]

In 2014, Griner was included as part of the Advocate's annual "40 under 40" list.[58] She was also named one of ESPNW's Impact 25 in 2014.[59] Personal life[edit] In an interview with SI.com
SI.com
on April 17, 2013, Griner publicly came out as a lesbian. She also revealed in the interview that she was bullied as a child, explaining, "It's hard. Just being picked on for being different. Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything". She said she is very passionate about working with children in order to bring attention to the issue of bullying, particularly against LGBT people.[60] Her endorsement deal with Nike was the first time the company had signed such a deal with an openly gay athlete.[61] Griner had previously come out to her parents in high school, which her father did not accept gracefully, forcing her to live with an assistant coach for six weeks during her senior year.[62] She would later write a memoir with Sue Hovey addressing bullying and self-acceptance, In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball
Basketball
Court, published in 2014.[62][63] Griner–Johnson domestic violence case[edit] On August 14, 2014, Griner announced her engagement to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson.[64][65] The couple were arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct on April 22, 2015, after police broke up a fight between the two in their Goodyear, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
home. Both had sustained minor injuries.[66][67] They were married on May 8, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.[68][69] On June 4, 2015 Griner and Johnson announced that Johnson was pregnant with twins. The following day, Griner filed for an annulment of the marriage citing fraud and duress.[70] Griner has no biological connection to the twins.[70] It had been revealed that Johnson had become pregnant through IVF treatment using her eggs and a sperm donation.[71][72] The divorce was finalized in June 2016.[73] On May 15, 2015, the WNBA suspended Griner and Johnson for seven games each after Griner pled guilty to disorderly conduct charges. Griner was also required to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling.[74] Career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game

 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage

 Bold  Career high

League leader

† Denotes seasons in which Griner won a WNBA championship

WNBA record

WNBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG

2013 Phoenix 27 27 25.9 .556 .000 .724 6.3 1.0 0.4 3.0 1.7 14.5

2014† Phoenix 34 34 30.7 .578 .000 .802 8.0 1.6 0.6 3.7 1.9 15.6

2015 Phoenix 26 26 30.7 .565 .000 .773 8.1 1.3 0.3 4.0 2.1 15.1

2016 Phoenix 34 34 29.2 .548 .000 .831 6.5 1.0 0.3 3.1 2.0 14.5

2017 Phoenix 26 26 31.5 .577 .000 .812 7.6 1.9 0.6 2.5 2.4 21.9

Career

147 147 29.6 .566 .000 .797 7.3 1.4 0.5 3.3 2.1 15.8

WNBA Postseason[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG

2013 Phoenix 5 5 26.6 .533 .000 .556 6.4 0.2 0.2 0.8 1.6 10.6

2014† Phoenix 7 7 31.0 .627 .000 .920 6.0 1.6 0.4 3.4 1.8 16.7

2015 Phoenix 4 4 29.7 .583 .000 .885 8.0 1.3 0.7 4.5 2.0 16.3

2016 Phoenix 5 5 31.2 .643 .000 .813 6.0 1.6 0.6 2.2 2.2 13.4

2017 Phoenix 5 5 36.8 .407 .000 .795 7.0 2.0 0.6 1.6 2.4 20.2

Career

26 26 31.1 .542 .000 .826 6.6 1.3 0.5 2.5 2.0 15.5

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External links[edit]

WNBA Profile High School Girl Dunker Britney Griner, Basketball
Basketball
Player, Helps Redefine Beauty griner42.com

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Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury
current roster

3 Taurasi 5 Mitchell 6 Turner 8 Talbot 10 Cannon 11 Robinson 15 Prince 20 Little 23 George 24 Bonner 25 Brunner 42 Griner

Head Coach Brondello Assistant Coaches J. Hairgrove T. Troxel

East ATL CHI CON IND NY WAS West DAL LA MIN PHO SA SEA

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
– championships, awards and honors

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Lindsey Vonn Best Female Athlete ESPY Award 2012 Succeeded by Serena Williams

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Phoenix Mercury

Founded in 1997 Based in Phoenix, Arizona

Franchise

Franchise Current season

Arenas

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Head Coaches

Cheryl Miller Cynthia Cooper Linda Sharp John Shumate Carrie Graf Paul Westhead Corey Gaines Russ Pennell Sandy Brondello

Administration

Owner: Jerry Colangelo Robert Sarver

General Manager: Cheryl Miller Seth Sulka Ann Meyers-Drysdale Corey Gaines Amber Cox Jason Rowley

All-Stars

DeWanna Bonner Anna DeForge Candice Dupree Brittney Griner Brandy Reed Cappie Pondexter Diana Taurasi Penny Taylor Michelle Timms Adrian Williams

Seasons

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Playoff appearances

1997 1998 2000 2007 2009 2010 2011 2013 2014 2017

Conference Championships

1998 2007 2009 2014

WNBA Championships

2007 2009 2014

Rivals

Houston
Houston
Comets Los Angeles Sparks Minnesota Lynx Seattle Storm

Media

TV: FS Arizona (FS-A) Announcers: Kayte Christensen, Tom Leander

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Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury
2014 WNBA champions

3 Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi
(Finals MVP) 4 Candice Dupree 8 Mistie Bass 10 Anete Jēkabsone-Žogota 11 Ewelina Kobryn 13 Penny Taylor 14 Shay Murphy 23 Tiffany Bias 24 DeWanna Bonner 31 Erin Phillips 42 Brittney Griner

Head coach Sandy Brondello

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2013 WNBA draft

First round

Brittney Griner Elena Delle Donne Skylar Diggins Tayler Hill Kelsey Bone Tianna Hawkins Toni Young Kayla Alexander Layshia Clarendon A'dia Mathies Kelly Faris Lindsey Moore

Second round

Alex Bentley Sugar Rodgers Kamiko Williams Davellyn Whyte Nadirah McKenith Chelsea Poppens Emma Meesseman Diandra Tchatchouang Jasmine Hassell Brittany Chambers Anna Prins Chucky Jeffery

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WNBA first overall draft picks

1997: Head 1998: Dydek 1999: Holdsclaw 2000: Wauters 2001: Jackson 2002: Bird 2003: Thomas 2004: Taurasi 2005: McCarville 2006: Augustus 2007: Harding 2008: Parker 2009: McCoughtry 2010: Charles 2011: Moore 2012: N. Ogwumike 2013: Griner 2014: C. Ogwumike 2015: Loyd 2016: Stewart 2017: Plum

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WNBA season blocks leaders

1997: Baranova 1998: Dydek 1999: Dydek 2000: Dydek 2001: Dydek 2002: Dydek 2003: Dydek 2004: Leslie 2005: Stepanova 2006: Dydek 2007: Dydek 2008: Leslie 2009: Parker 2010: Fowles 2011: Fowles 2012: Parker 2013: Griner 2014: Griner 2015: Griner 2016: Griner

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WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners

1997: Weatherspoon 1998: Weatherspoon 1999: Griffith 2000: Swoopes 2001: Black 2002: Swoopes 2003: Swoopes 2004: Leslie 2005: Catchings 2006: Catchings 2007: Jackson 2008: Leslie 2009: Catchings 2010: Catchings 2011: Fowles 2012: Catchings 2013: Fowles 2014: Griner 2015: Griner 2016: Fowles 2017: Beard

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Baylor Lady Bears Basketball
Basketball
2011–12 NCAA
NCAA
Champions

0 Odyssey Sims 1 Kimetria Hayden 3 Jordan Madden 10 Destiny Williams 24 Ashley Field 42 Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
(MOP)

Head Coach Kim Mulkey

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Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference
Women's Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year

1997: Dixon 1998: Thompson 1999: Braziel 2000: Whaley 2001: Dales 2002: Dales 2003: Ohlde 2004: Ohlde 2005: Wecker 2006: Young 2007: Paris 2008: Paris 2009: Paris 2010: Griffin 2011: Griner 2012: Griner 2013: Griner 2014: Sims 2015: Davis 2016: Martin 2017: McCarty

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NCAA
NCAA
Women's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Tournament Most Outstanding Player

1982: Lawrence 1983: Miller 1984: Miller 1985: Claxton 1986: Davis 1987: Edwards 1988: Westbrooks 1989: Gordon 1990: Azzi 1991: Staley 1992: Goodenbour 1993: Swoopes 1994: Smith 1995: Lobo 1996: Marciniak 1997: Holdsclaw 1998: Holdsclaw 1999: Figgs 2000: Ralph 2001: Riley 2002: Cash 2003: Taurasi 2004: Taurasi 2005: Young 2006: Harper 2007: Parker 2008: Parker 2009: Charles 2010: Moore 2011: Adams 2012: Griner 2013: Stewart 2014: Stewart 2015: Stewart 2016: Stewart 2017: Wilson 2018: Ogunbowale

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John R. Wooden Women's Player of the Year Award winners

2004: Beard 2005: Augustus 2006: Augustus 2007: Parker 2008: Parker 2009: Moore 2010: Charles 2011: Moore 2012: Griner 2013: Griner 2014: Ogwumike 2015: Stewart 2016: Stewart 2017: Plum

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Wade Trophy
Wade Trophy
winners

1978: Blazejowski 1979: Lieberman 1980: Lieberman 1981: Woodard 1982: Kelly 1983: Pollard 1984: Braxton 1985: Miller 1986: Ethridge 1987: Pennefather 1988: Weatherspoon 1989: Davis 1990: Azzi 1991: Charles 1992: Robinson 1993: Jennings 1994: Shudlick 1995: Lobo 1996: Rizzotti 1997: Milton 1998: Penicheiro 1999: White-McCarty 2000: Brown 2001: Stiles 2002: Bird 2003: Taurasi 2004: Beard 2005: Augustus 2006: Augustus 2007: Parker 2008: Wiggins 2009: Moore 2010: Moore 2011: Moore 2012: Griner 2013: Griner 2014: Sims 2015: Stewart 2016: Stewart 2017: Plum 2018: Wilson

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Naismith Women's College Player of the Year

1983: Donovan 1984: Miller 1985: Miller 1986: Miller 1987: Davis 1988: Wicks 1989: Davis 1990: Azzi 1991: Staley 1992: Staley 1993: Swoopes 1994: Leslie 1995: Lobo 1996: Roundtree 1997: Starbird 1998: Holdsclaw 1999: Holdsclaw 2000: Catchings 2001: Riley 2002: Bird 2003: Taurasi 2004: Taurasi 2005: Augustus 2006: Augustus 2007: Harding 2008: Parker 2009: Moore 2010: Charles 2011: Moore 2012: Griner 2013: Griner 2014: Stewart 2015: Stewart 2016: Stewart 2017: Plum 2018: Wilson

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Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
winners

1993: Seles 1994: Krone 1995: Blair 1996: Lobo 1997: Van Dyken 1998: Hamm 1999: Holdsclaw 2000: Graf 2001: Jones 2002: V. Williams 2003: S. Williams 2004: Taurasi 2005: Sörenstam 2006: Sörenstam 2007: Mowatt 2008: Parker 2009: Liukin 2010: Vonn 2011: Vonn 2012: Griner 2013: S. Williams 2014: Rousey 2015: Rousey 2016: Stewart 2017: Biles

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Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award
ESPY Award
winners

2002: Sue Bird 2003: Diana Taurasi 2004: Diana Taurasi 2005: Cat Osterman 2006: Cat Osterman 2007: Taryne Mowatt 2008: Candace Parker 2009: Maya Moore 2010: Maya Moore 2011: Maya Moore 2012: Brittney Griner 2013: Brittney Griner 2014: Breanna Stewart 2015: Missy Franklin 2016: Breanna Stewart 2017: Kelly Barnhill

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USBWA Women's National Player of the Year Award winners

1988: Wicks 1989: Davis 1990: Azzi 1991: Staley 1992: Staley 1993: Swoopes 1994: Leslie 1995: Lobo 1996: Roundtree 1997: Starbird 1998: Holdsclaw 1999: Holdsclaw 2000: Catchings 2001: Riley 2002: Bird 2003: Taurasi 2004: Beard 2005: Augustus 2006: Latta 2007: Parker 2008: Parker 2009: Moore 2010: Charles 2011: Moore 2012: Griner 2013: Griner 2014: Stewart 2015: Stewart 2016: Stewart 2017: Plum 2018: Wilson

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USBWA National Freshman of the Year
USBWA National Freshman of the Year
Award winners

Male winners

1989: Jackson 1990: Anderson 1991: Rogers 1992: Webber 1993: Kidd 1994: Smith 1995–97: None selected 1998: Hughes 1999: Richardson 2000: Gardner 2001: Griffin 2002: Ford 2003: Anthony 2004: Deng 2005: Williams 2006: Hansbrough 2007: Durant 2008: Beasley 2009: Evans 2010: Wall 2011: Sullinger 2012: Davis 2013: Smart 2014: Parker 2015: Okafor 2016: Simmons 2017: Ball 2018: Young

Female winners

2003: Augustus 2004: Jackson 2005: Humphrey & Wiggins 2006: Paris 2007: Charles 2008: Moore 2009: Stricklen 2010: Griner 2011: Sims 2012: Williams 2013: Loyd 2014: DeShields 2015: Mitchell 2016: Anigwe 2017: Ionescu 2018: Carter

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United States
United States
squad – 2014 FIBA World Championship – Gold medal

4 Whalen 5 Augustus 6 Bird 7 Moore 8 McCoughtry 9 Sims 10 Stewart 11 Dupree 12 Taurasi 13 Ogwumike 14 Charles 15 Griner Coach: Auriemma

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United States
United States
women's squad – 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
– Gold medal

4 Whalen 5 Augustus 6 Bird 7 Moore 8 McCoughtry 9 Stewart 10 Catchings 11 Delle Donne 12 Taurasi 13 Fowles 14 Charles 15 Griner Coach: Auriemma

Authority control

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