The most dominant player in women's college basketball, Baylor center Brittney Griner led the Bears to a perfect 40-0 season that culminated with the 2012 National Championship. Along the way, Griner averaged 23.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and more than five blocks per game, earning her a slew of top honors including the Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and AP National Player of the Year.
For USC's Alex Jupiter, the 2011 volleyball season marked the culmination of a stellar collegiate career. The senior outside hitter, who also excels in defense, ended the year with 514 kills (4.47 kps) while hitting .265 with 57 service aces, 360 digs 63 blocks and 619.5 points. All of this added up to her being named the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year.
With a stong performance at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz led Golden Bears to a second consecutive national title. Her winning time of 1.51.77 in the 200 IM established a new American short course yards (SCY) record as well as NCAA, U.S. Open and Pac-12 records, and her 2:04.76 in the 200 breaststroke was the second fastest ever by an American.
Senior midfielder Teresa Noyola headed in the winning goal in the 2011 national championship match to lift Stanford over Duke 1-0 for its first national title in women's soccer. During the 2011 season, the three-time first-team All-American chalked up nine goals and 15 assists and was the Honda Sports Award winner for soccer.
As one of the top two-way players in the country, Alabama freshman Jackie Traina led the Crimson Tide to its first softball national title, throwing a complete-game four-hitter in the championship series-clinching game. During the 2011 season, the Florida native pitched in 37 games (starting 23 of them) and posted a 19-5 record with a 1.70 ERA and 190 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings. She also batted .351 on the year with 13 home runs and 45 RBI. Her on-field exploits earned her WCWS Most Outstanding Player honors.