PAST AWARD WINNERS
For four years Kelsey has been exactly the kind of ambassador women's basketball needs - she's exciting, she's talented, and most of all, she's driven. You don't become the highest scoring player in the history of the game without putting in the work, off the court, every single day. No one is more deserving of this award because no one has worked harder for it.
Kelsey is the type of player young girls around the world can look up to, and we're all looking forward to seeing what she does next." - Dawn Staley
This year’s winner is Moriah Jefferson. Moriah a 5’7” senior guard from the University of Connecticut, is the sixth ever Husky to be chosen as the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The UCONN Husky and Glenn Heights, Texas native, was named AP first team All-American this year. Moriah helped lead her team to a perfect conference record (18-0) and an American Conference championship, while earning first team All-Conference honors.
Moriah averaged 12.6 points a game and led her team in assists (192) steals (93) while shooting 55.2% from the floor.
“Moriah Jefferson is the quintessential guard of our game. There’s not a more deserving guard who impacts the game on both sides of the ball. The ultimate service woman.” - Dawn Staley
Tiffany Mitchell became the sixth woman in SEC history to earn back-to-back outright player of the year honors. The Charlotte, North Carolina native has earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year. Tiffany led her team this year to win the SEC Conference and tournament championships, back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and a trip to the Final Four.
Mitchell, a 5’9” junior guard, finished her junior year averaging a team best 14.4 points per game, fifth in the SEC, and she ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.505) and third in free throw percentage (.840).
Mitchell is one of two SEC players to rank among the league’s top 15 in scoring, assists (11th 2.7 APG) and steals (4th 1.8 SPG).
“What greater honor for a coach than to have one of their players win an award named after them. Tiffany has set the standard for the hard work it takes to be an All American, Player of the Year and now the recipient of the Dawn Staley Award for best guard in the country.” - Dawn Staley
2014 AWARD WINNER- Odyssey Sims
Odyssey Sims is one of five players named to The Associated Press women's basketball five-member All-America first team. The Irving, Texas, native was selected for the second straight season and is one
of three unanimous selections. Odyssey led her team, this year, to the Elite Eight.
Sims, a 5’ 8” senior guard, finished her senior season averaging 28.5 ppg, which ranks No. 2 nationally, as well as 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals. She shot .446 from the floor, .398 from 3-point range
and .808 from the free throw line.
Sims, with 1,054 points in 2013-14, became just the second NCAA Division I women's player to score over 1,000 points in a season. Sims’ 28.5 points per game set new single-season scoring records for the
Baylor University program and the Big 12 Conference.
“Odyssey is a special player with a tremendous amount of talent. She's a fierce competitor with multiple
facets to her game, as evidenced by her being named Big 12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of
the Year. I'm honored to present her with the 2014 Dawn Staley Award,” - Dawn Staley
2013 AWARD WINNER- Skylar Diggins
Skylar is a true representation of what it takes to be an elite guard. She is a tremendous leader who makes her teammates better. Her decision making and work ethic on both ends of the floor is what separates her from other guards. I can't think of a more deserving recipient of the first Dawn Staley award."
- Dawn Staley
SKYLAR DIGGINS NOTRE DAME'S SENIOR GUARD and co-captain was the Big East conference Player of the Year and a unanimous first team AP All-American selection this year. Skylar led the fighting Irish to their third consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance while averaging 17.3 points and 6 assists a game, and leading her team to the Big East regular season and conference titles. For her career, Diggins is Notre Dame's all-time leader in points (2,347), steals (377), games started (143) and minutes played (4,601).
Skylar is a two-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman award given to the best point guard in the country and was a finalist for every national player of the year honor.
Sky, as she is called by her teammates, is not only the best guard in the country, but one of the premier players at any position in the country.