Sunday, we unveiled our nominees for the Best Male Athlete in our second annual Webfoot Awards. Today, we unveil the nominees for Best Female Athlete.
Despite missing the last eight games of the year after tearing her ACL, Jillian Alleyne still led the Ducks in scoring (19.0 PPG), rebounds (13.6 RPG) and field goal percentage (.585) during the season. Thanks to her efforts, the Ducks were able to punch a ticket to the WNIT after their most successful regular season in years.
Even though she had just suffered a torn ACL, Alleyne was selected in the second round of the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. She was then traded to the Connecticut Sun, who are in the process of rebuilding the team around a core of young talent for the future, including Alleyne.
The Oregon softball team had another successful season, reaching the NCAA Super Regionals before being eliminated at home by UCLA, who would go on to the College World Series.
Helping the Ducks reach that point was senior pitcher Cheridan Hawkins. This season, Hawkins appeared in 37 games, starting 30 of them, going 24-4 with an ERA of 1.77 and 257 strikeouts in 174.1 innings pitched.
Hawkins ranked among the top fifteen pitchers in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (10.3), hits allowed per seven innings (4.14) and strikeouts.
Earlier this month at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Deajah Stevens delivered a historic performance on her home track, becoming the first Oregon woman to make the U.S. Olympic team while still at school after placing second in the women’s 200 meter final.
Stevens placed second, finishing in 22.30 seconds to earn her spot on the team, even beating out Allyson Felix, who is easily the best female American sprinter out there currently.
The win was especially sweet after Stevens narrowly missed out on an individual title in the 200 during last month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene.
Caroline Inglis competed in all 13 of Oregon’s tournaments this year and led her team with a scoring average of 72.89. That scoring average is also the fourth-lowest in team history.
Inglis also led her team at the NCAA Championships. Her even-par score of 288 tied for 16th in the field and was the lowest 72-hole total in school history. Part of that record-breaking performance was her second round when she shot 65 (7-under par), setting a course record at the Eugene Country Club.
Inglis also won the individual title at the Pac-12 tournament, becoming the first Duck to do so.
Inglis was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention and was also named All-Pac-12 academic honorable mention for the third straight year.