May 23, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY - Four members of the UCLA softball team, Stacey Nuveman, Natasha Watley, Tairia Mims and Amanda Freed, earned All-America honors on Wednesday night, as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America teams were announced in Oklahoma City.
Nuveman and Watley earned first-team honors, while Mims and Freed were both named to the second team. It was the third first-team honor for Nuveman, a catcher, who was previously named a first-team All-American as a freshman in 1997 and as a sophomore in 1999. Nuveman returned to UCLA this season after taking the 2000 year off in order to play for the U.S. Olympic Team.
For Watley, it was her second consecutive first team honor at shortstop, as she earned the award as a true freshman in 2000. Freed, a first-team All-American as a freshman in 1999, was an at-large selection to the second team as a utility player. This was the first career All-America honor for Mims, who was selected at third base on the second team.
The second-seeded Bruins (59-5) open play at the Women's College World Series at 6:30 pm Pacific Time on Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.