Oct. 15, 2000
College Park, Md. - As a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year Award, Maryland attacker Jen Adams (Marino, South Australia) will travel to New York City on Monday October 16 for the annual awards banquet. The banquet will be held at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Every year, the Women's Sports Foundation recognizes an individual and team sportswoman whose performances over a 12-month time span have been exceptional. Criteria for the award is based on new records and world championships won. This distinguished award has been given annually since 1980, and Adams has been nominated in the team category after leading the Maryland women's lacrosse team to their sixth straight national title this past May and is the only collegiate finalist on the list. Past winners have included Mia Hamm (Soccer 1997, 99), Amy Van Dyken (Swimming 1996), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track & Field 1992), Bonnie Blair (Speed Skating 1994, 95) and Sheryl Swoopes (Basketball 1993).
Adams has already been awarded the Mary Garber Award as the ACC's Female Athlete of the Year, the IWLCA Attacker of the Year, and the winner of the first-ever Honda Award for women's lacrosse. Adams led Maryland to its sixth straight NCAA championship, its second consecutive ACC title, a 21-1 overall record, a final ranking of No. 1, and 20 consecutive victories to close the season.
A native of Australia, Adams was the 2000 ACC Player of the Year and an All-America by College Lacrosse USA. A junior, she was also named the NCAA tournament MVP after setting the NCAA tournament record for points in a game with 10. Adams finished the 2000 season with 81 goals and 55 assists for an NCAA Division I record 136 points. In her first three seasons, Adams has totaled 179 goals, 118 assists, and 297 points placing her 10th all-time in Division I women's lacrosse history.
|2000 Sportswoman of the Year Individual Finalists||2000 Sportswoman of the Year Team Finalists|
|Lindsay Davenport (Tennis, United States)||Jen Adams (Lacrosse, Australia)|
|Kristi Overton Johnson (Water Skiing, United States)||Alyson Annan (Field Hockey, Australia)|
|Marion Jones (Track and Field, United States)||Shelda Bruno Bede and Andriana Behar (Beach Volleyball, Brazil)|
|Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating, United States)||Lisa Fernandez (Softball, United States)|
|Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (Speedskating, Germany)||Diandra Hyman (Bowling, United States)|
|Marla Runyan (Track and Field, United States)||Lisa Lesile (Basketball, United States)|
|Hanne Staff (Orienteering, Norway)||Tiffeny Milbrett (Soccer, United States)|
|Ryoko Tamura (Judo, Japan)||Jean Racine (Bobsled, United States)|
|Jenny Thompson (Swimming, United States)||Coralie Simmons (Water Polo, United States)|
|Karrie Webb (Golf, Australia)||Serena Williams and Venus Williams (Tennis, United States)|