2013 Sportswoman of the Year: Team Sport

 
  Talita Da Rocha Antunes & Taiana Lima (Beach Volleyball) – Brazil
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• Won gold at the 2013 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam (May, 2013).
• Won gold at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour The Hague Grand Slam (June).
• Won gold at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Rome Grand Slam (June).
• Won bronze at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Gstaad Grand Slam (July).
• Won gold at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Long Beach Grand Slam (July).
• Won silver at the ASICS World Series Cup (July).
• Currently ranked No. 1 on the FIVB team technical ranking list.
• Currently ranked No. 1 by the FIVB for the 2013 season.

 

 
Katie Holloway (Sitting Volleyball) - USA
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• Member of the U.S. Women’s Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team.
• Recorded 21 points and 19 kills in the first game of the 2012 Paralympic Games, helping Team USA advance to the next round of competition (August, 2012).
• Scored 33 of Team USA’s 85 total points, helping the team win silver in the 2012 Paralympic Games (August).
• Finished the 2012 Paralympic Games as the third highest scorer in the tournament with 80 kills, 9 blocks and 7 service aces (August).
• Earned Best Spiker Honors at the 2012 Paralympic Games (August).
• Named USA Volleyball’s 2012 Female Athlete of the Year for sitting volleyball for the second consecutive year (December).
• Won gold with Team USA at the 2012 Volleyball Masters Tournament held in the Netherlands (December).
• Named the 2012 Volleyball Master Tournament’s Most Valuable Player (December).
• Helped Team USA sweep a series of exhibition matches against the Russian National Team (May, 2013).

 

 

 

Kaillie Humphries & Chelsea Valois (Bobsled) – Canada


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• Won gold at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (FIBT) World Cup Event in Lake Placid (November, 2012).
• Won gold at the FIBT World Cup Event in Park City (November).
• Won gold at the FIBT World Cup Event in Whistler (November).
• Won gold at the FIBT World Cup Event in Winterberg (December).
• Won gold at the FIBT World Cup Event in La Plagne (December).
• Won bronze at the FIBT World Cup Event in Altenberg (January, 2013).
• Won gold at the FIBT World Cup Event in Konigssee (January).
• Won silver at the FIBT World Cup Event in Igls (January).
• Won gold in the 2-women bobsled event and bronze in the team event at the FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz (January).
• Won bronze at the FIBT World Cup Event in Sochi (February).
• Currently ranked No. 1 by the FIBT for the 2012-2013 season.

 

 

Amanda Kessel (Ice Hockey) – USA

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• Helped the U.S. Women’s National Team claim gold at the 2012 Four Nations Cup in Finland for the third consecutive year (November, 2012).
• Led Team USA in Assists and Total Points during the Four Nations Cup Tournament (November).
• Named Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Week twice during the 2012-2013 season (November).
• Led the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Hockey League in Points with a career high of 101 points in the 2012-2013 season.
• Led the NCAA Women’s Hockey League in goals, assists and total points for the 2012-2013 season.
• Played for the University of Minnesota which is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey.
• Won the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award which recognizes the best NCAA Division I Female Ice Hockey Athlete (March, 2013).
• Named to the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four All-Tournament Team (March).
• Scored two goals to help capture gold with the University of Minnesota at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Championships (March).
• Scored her 100th point of the season during the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Championship Game (March).
• Scored the game-winning goal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, helping Team USA win gold in a 3-2 victory over Canada (April).
• Contributed to the first perfect season (41-0) for the University of Minnesota (2012-2013).
• Received the 2013 USA Hockey Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments as a U.S. female ice hockey player (May).
• Named the 2012-13 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and WCHA Scoring Champion (May).
• Named to the 2013 NCAA First-Team All American and All-Tournament Teams (May).
• Member of the 2012-2013 U.S. Women’s National Team which is ranked No. 1 by the IIHF.

 

 
Candace Parker (Basketball) – USA
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• Member of the USA Women’s National Team which is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA)
• Plays for the Los Angeles Sparks which is currently ranked No. 2 in the Western Conference for the 2012 season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) (September, 2012).
• Led the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) in total blocks (76) and was second in total rebounds (320) for the 2012 season (September).
• Ranked No. 1 in blocks per game (2.3) and No. 3 in rebounds per game (9.7) for the 2012 WNBA regular season (September).
• Finished the 2012 WNBA season scoring a total of 573 points, averaging 17.4 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game (September).
• Led the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA Western Conference Finals where she had an outstanding Game 1 performance (25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists) (October).
• Named to All-WNBA first-team for the second time in her career (October).
• Helped the UMMC Ekaterinburg Russian basketball team win their first EuroLeague Women’s Championship (March, 2013).
• Voted Most Valuable Player of the Euroleague Women’s Final Eight (March).
• Won the 2013 ESPY Award for Best WNBA Player (July).
• Set a new WNBA record for the most points in an All-Star game, scoring 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 victory over the East (July).
• Named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the WNBA All-Star game (July).
• Ranks No. 3 in blocks per game (2.06) and No. 4 in rebounds per game (9.2) in the WNBA for the 2013 season.

 

 

Melissa Seideman (Water Polo) – USA

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• Played for the Stanford University Water Polo team which is ranked No. 2 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rankings.
• Scored three goals in the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship Game, helping Stanford’s Cardinal to a second place finish (May, 2013).
• Had 23 multi-goal games and 15 hat tricks during the 2013 Stanford Water Polo season.
• Led the Stanford Women’s Water Polo team in season goals (75) and tied the all-time career scoring record (239) (May).
• Named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Water Polo First-Team (May).
• Named to the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championships All-Tournament First-Team (May).
• Named the 2013 Peter J. Cutino Award winner as the best collegiate water polo player of the year (June).
• Scored seven goals to help the U.S. National Team to a third place finish at the 2013 International Aquatics Federation (FINA) World League Super Finals (June).
• Named the 2013 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Player of the Year (July).
• Earned ACWPC All-American honors for the fourth time in her college career (July).
• Finished second with Team USA at the Dutch Trophy (July).
• Named to the 15th FINA Women’s World Championship team (July).
• Scored two goals in the 10-8 win over Canada to assure Team USA a victory in their group at the 15th FINA World Water Polo Championships (July).
• Scored two goals in the 15-2 victory over Greece to help Team USA claim fifth place at the 15th FINA World Water Polo Championships (July).

 

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