THE CWSA's 2013 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) of Oklahoma University was presented with the prestigious Honda Cup award at halftime of the OU football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11:00 pm (CT), as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda.
Ricketts was in attendance in Los Angeles on June 24th for the broadcast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda where she was recognized with the Honda Sport Award for softball, given the Top Three award and was presented with the prestigious Honda Cup, naming her “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The on-campus presentation gave the CWSA the opportunity to recognize Ricketts in front of her own fans and teammates and the awards were presented on field by Kenny Jenkins of American Honda.
Ricketts was a two-time Top Three Finalist and Honda Award winner in softball as each of the 12 sport winners vied for the coveted Honda Cup award which was presented to Ricketts live on the ESPNU event broadcast in June. The Honda Cup signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics” and the on-campus presentation gives the CWSA the opportunity to recognize Ricketts's accomplishments in front of her own fans and teammates.
The winningest pitcher in OU history, Ricketts led her No 1-ranked Oklahoma team both from the circle and at the plate, taking the Sooners to their second straight Women’s College World Series and the 2013 NCAA title. After pitching a career-high 12 innings and bringing her team to a game one win in its best-of-three final series against Tennessee, Ricketts took the night off from the circle in game two, serving as the designated player and hitting a home run with 4 RBIs to help garner the title for the Sooners. Early in the WCWS, to help get her team to the final series, she threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 against Michigan.
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 2013-14 awards seasons open this fall with winners being selected from the sports of cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. All Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions. She is just the third Honda Cup winner from the sport of softball since Natasha Watley ('03) and Lisa Fernandez ('93).