The ESPYS – the biggest sporting award show – is only a few weeks away which means teams and players have finally been announced for each category.
There was a lot of excitement the past year at the college level including Kelsey Plum breaking the all-time scoring record, to Mississippi State stunning UConn to South Carolina winning its first National Championship. The good news for those teams and Plum: they’ve all been nominated for an award, along with a few WNBA players.
Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks has been nominated for multiple awards including Best Female Athlete, Best Comeback Athlete, and Best WNBA Player. The other four players nominated for Best WNBA Player are Tina Charles (New York), Elena Delle Donne (Washington), Maya Moore (Minnesota), and Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles).
WNBA rookie Kelsey Plum had also been nominated for an award, however, it is not for the professional level, but for Best Female College Athlete after a standout career at the University of Washington.
After breaking the WNBA’s scoring record earlier this week, Diana Taurasi has been nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance.
The nominations don’t stop there. For those fans who were locked in during March Madness, there was plenty of excitement in those couple of days. After leading South Carolina to its first National Championship, Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks are on the ballot to potentially win Best Team. South Carolina is up against the likes of the Golden State Warriors, US Gymnastics, the Chicago Cubs, and New England Patriots to name a couple.
Mississippi State possibly could walk away on July 12 with an award for Best Upset. The Lady Bulldogs stunned the UConn Huskies in the Final Four to advance to the championship – ending the longest winning streak in college basketball at 111-straight games.
With that victory, the chances of another accolade going to a member of Mississippi State player could happen as Morgan William has been nominated for Best Play. In the Lady Bulldogs overtime game against the Huskies, William drilled a picture-perfect jumper at the buzzer that shocked the world and eliminated UConn from trying to win five consecutive national championships.
The polls are still open, so if you get the chance go vote for these amazing women and their accomplishments!