By: Abigail Richards
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards 2012 were recently held and Baylor University basketball star Brittney Griner took home the top honors. Griner was handed the 2012 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award for her talent in the classroom and on the basketball court.
"I'm honored to even be here, even to be in the room with these athletes," said Griner during her acceptance speech. "I'm at a loss for words. When I look at myself, it is definitely humbling. My mom and my dad they've been there through everything for me. My mom hasn't made a lot of my games due to illness, but she's always calling me before and after my games. My dad comes to every game; he drives three hours even though he has to be at work at seven in the morning. He took me everywhere to play when I was younger, he would always take time off and come to my games. This is an honor for my entire family, it's amazing."
Griner beat out Stanford University soccer star Teresa Noyola and University of Oklahoma softball pitcher Keilani Ricketts for one of these recognition awards.
According to the Collegiate Women's Sports Awards official website, Griner won the top honor for her basketball skills – she is one of two women in the league who are able to dunk.
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