June 24, 2013

OU’s Ricketts named top fem collegian

June 24, 2013 Phoenix Staff Reports

NORMAN — Keilani Ricketts capped her remarkable career at the University of Oklahoma on Monday night as she was named the winner of the 2013 Honda Cup, given to the nation’s top female collegiate athlete by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards.

The two-time winner of  the Honda award for softball, Ricketts beat out the other 11 sport winners, including fellow finalists Elena Delle Donne, women’s basketball player from Delaware, and Kimberlyn Duncan, track and field athlete from LSU.

Ricketts becomes the first student-athlete in Oklahoma history to win the Honda Cup and is just the third softball player to take home the honor, joining UCLA's Natasha Watley (2003) and Lisa Fernandez (1993).Ricketts was 35-1 this season with a 1.23 earned run average and 350 strikeouts in 238.1 innings pitched. She posted the second most shutouts in the nation this year with 16 and ranked third in wins (35)

Additionally, Ricketts hit .379 at the plate with 15 home runs and 60 runs batted in.

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