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2 Big 12 Student-Athletes Finalists For Honda Cup
June 19, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

The Big 12 has two of the three finalists for the Honda Cup. Britney Griner of Baylor and Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma along with Stanford's Teresa Noyala are the candidates to win the 36th Annual Collegiate Woman of the Year award. It is presented by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.

Griner, a 6-8 junior, led Baylor to a 40-0 record and the 2012 national championship. She averaged 23.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and a national high 5.2 blocks per game and was named The Associated Press national player of the year plus received the John R. Wooden Award. In Baylor's 80-61 NCAA title victory over Notre Dame, Griner had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.

Ricketts, also a junior, led Oklahoma its first appearance in the Women's College World Series in seven years. She was selected as the College Softball Player of the Year and has been named to the USA Softball national team for 2012. Ricketts was second nationally in the following categories: ERA of 0.99, hits allowed per seven innings with 3.76, total strikeouts with 433, strikeouts per seven innings at 11.  

The winner of the Honda Cup will be announced at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

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