Diana Taurasi has been chosen USA Basketball’s female athlete of the year. The former UConn All-America helped lead Geno Auriemma’s 2012 Olympic team to gold in London.
Taurasi averaged 12.4 points to lead the USA. She has won the award three times (2006 and 2010) matching Lisa Leslie. Only Teresa Edwards has won the award more times with four.
Taurasi shot 46 percent from the field and 96 percent from the free throw line.
Auriemma said in a statement Wednesday that Taurasi was “spectacular as a leader on and off the court. .. I am constantly amazed by her will to win, her drive and how much she makes everyone around her better.”
LeBron James was the USA Basketball male athlete of the year.