June 4, 2002
UCLA softball player Stacey Nuveman has been selected as one of five nominees for an ESPY Award in the category of Best Female Collegiate Athlete, it was announced on Tuesday. Nuveman, who broke several NCAA records this season including the NCAA career home run record, joins Sue Bird, Natalie Coughlin, Jennie Finch and Jackie Stiles as nominees for the award.
The ESPY Awards had previously taken place in February, 2001, therefore nominees for the 2002 awards are considered over a period of more than a year, dating back to the previous award ceremony.
As a senior in 2002, Nuveman led the NCAA with a .529 batting average and set an NCAA record with a 1.047 slugging percentage. For her career, her .466 batting average is the third-best in NCAA softball history, her .945 career slugging percentage is nearly 150 points higher than the previous NCAA record, and Nuveman broke the NCAA career home run record on May 4, finishing with 90 career home runs.
The other nominees for Best Female College Athlete include Connecticut basketball player Sue Bird, California swimmer Natalie Coughlin, Arizona softball player Jennie Finch, Nuveman and Southern Mississippi basketball player Jackie Stiles.
The 2002 ESPY Awards will be aired on ESPN on July 10, 2002, at 6 pm Pacific Time live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.