Sportswoman of the Year: Team Sport

Learn more about the finalist athletes for the 2012 Team Sportswoman of the Year Award. Winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala on October 17, 2012, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Tables and Tickets for the most exciting night in women's sports available here.

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Read full bios of the 2012 Team Sportswoman of the Year finalists here.


2012 Finalists:

Katie Holloway Sitting Volleyball

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  • Helped Team USA go 4-0 and win gold at the 2012 Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands, earning the title of tournament MVP (June).
  • Named to the U.S. Paralympic Team (June).
  • Named Sitting Volleyball Player of the Year for 2011 (December).
  • Led Team USA to win a gold medal at Parapan American Zonal Championships in San Paulo, Brazil, where she was named MVP and best spiker of the tournament (December).
  • Won a gold medal with Team USA at 2011 Continental Cup in Yekatoriya, Ukraine, going undefeated with a record of 7-0.  She was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) and best spiker of the tournament (September).

Destinee Hooker Volleyball

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  • Led Team USA to the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, as she was tournament’s second-leading scorer with 161 points via 136 kills, 21 blocks and four service aces to finish behind Korea's Kim Yeon-Koung (207 points). She was named the Olympic Games Best Spiker with a .379 hitting efficiency and fourth in Best Blocker with 0.78 blocks per set. (July-August 2012)
  • In the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, led U.S. in scoring the first five matches. Hooker did not play the final eight matches as the U.S. went on to win the event title for a third straight year (2010, 2011, 2012). Hooker was named tournament MVP, Best Scorer and Best Spiker of first preliminary weekend of the event (June). 
  • Won the silver medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup, including a win over Italy and Brazil, to earn a spot into the 2012 Olympic Games. She was selected as the World Cup Best Spiker with a 49.5 kill percent and .419 hitting efficiency as she ranked third in Best Scorer (185 points). She scored a personal-best 39 points versus China (November). 
  • Won the gold medal with Team USA at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championships as she averaged 5.07 points per set (September). 
  • Was the second-leading scorer overall in the 2011 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)  World Grand Prix Final Round with 101 points en route to being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the event. In the process, the U.S. won its second straight FIVB World Grand Prix title (August).

Alex Morgan Soccer

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  • Has scored 21 goals in 24 games since August 2011 for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
  • Scored the dramatic game winning-header in the final seconds of overtime against Canada in the Olympic Games semifinal to send Team USA to the gold medal match, where they won the gold with a 2-1 victory over Japan. Morgan scored three goals and had three assists in her first Olympic Games (August). 
  • Scored her first Women’s National Team hat trick while leading the USA to a 4-0 victory over Sweden in the third-place match of the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal (March).
  • Scored two goals in the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament during a 4-0 victory over Canada in front of 25,000 fans in Vancouver, Canada (January).
  • Won the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) title with her club team, the Western New York Flash (August).



Keilani Ricketts Softball

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  • Came in second in the ISF Women’s World Championship, falling to Japan 2-1 in the tenth inning of the championship game with Team USA.  Ricketts was the team leader in pitching for games won (4) and strikeouts (25) over the course of the tournament (July). 
  • As both a pitcher and hitter, Rickets helped Team USA to a first place finish in the World Cup of Softball VII, allowing just one run in 9.2 innings pitched and striking out 10 batters. She helped Team USA place second in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Tournament behind Japan (July). 
  • Won the 2012 Honda Award for softball for her athletic achievements at the University of Oklahoma as a rising junior (June).
  • Named 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and ranked 10th in the country in on-base percentage (.553) and 19th in slugging percentage (.825) (May). 
  • Won a gold medal in 2011 Pan American Games with Team USA, recording a win in the championship game against Team Canada (October).



Maggie SteffensWater Polo

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  • Team USA is ranked No. 1 by FINA.
  • The 19-year-old scored seven goals in the opening match of her first Olympic Games, and notched five more in Team USA’s defeat of Spain to win the gold medal. She set an Olympic Games record for the most goals in an Olympic debut and the most goals in a single game with seven in the team’s victory over Hungary. Led the 2012 Olympic Games in scoring with 21 goals, setting an Olympic Games record for most goals scored.  She was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the event in Women’s Water Polo (August).
  • Helped Team USA take home first place at the 2012 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World League Super Final, scoring two goals in the championship game versus Australia.  She led the team in scoring with 11 goals in the tournament (June).
  • Named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team (May).
  • Won the gold medal with Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Games, scoring six goals throughout the tournament.  She scored the winning goal against Canada in the final match to secure Team USA’s Olympic berth (October).


Diana Taurasi Basketball

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  • Won her third consecutive (2004, 2008, 2012) gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games (August).
  • Playing in the EuroLeague during the 2011-2012 season for the club team Galatasaray Medical Park in Turkey,  was the top scorer in the league for the fourth straight year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), leading  Gala to the EuroLeague Women Final Eight and a fifth place finish (April). 
  • Leading scorer in the WNBA, named the 2011 WNBA Scoring Champion. This marked her fifth scoring champ crown (October). 
  • Named to All-WNBA first team for the seventh time in her eight seasons (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) (October). 
  • Led the WNBA in scoring for the fourth consecutive season (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and for the fifth time in the last six seasons (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) (October).

Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings Beach Volleyball

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  • The team is ranked No. 8 in Technical Team Rankings and No. 11 in World Tour Rankings by the FIVB as of August 2012.
  • Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor took home the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in their last game as a team (August). 
  • On the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour, the American duo captured silver at the Moscow Grand Slam in Russia (June) and their first gold of 2012 at the Gstaad 1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam in Switzerland (July). 
  • On the 2011 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball  (FIVB) Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour, they won gold at the A1 Grand Slam in Austria and silver at the  Aland Paf Open in Finland and the Hague HP Beach Open in the Netherlands (August).  Together, the pair finished the 2011 World Tour in second place.

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