Senior infielder Danielle Gibson was named one of four finalists for the 2022 Honda Sport Award for Softball, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) announced Tuesday afternoon.
Gibson, the first two-time NFCA All-American in program history, compiled an illustrious senior campaign as a Razorback. Gibson set single-season school records in batting average (.445), hits (81), RBI (70) and total bases (155) as a senior. Hailing from Murrieta, Calif., Gibson was previously named a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year to go along with NFCA First Team All-American, NFCA First Team All-South Region, First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive Team, SEC Community Service Team and CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America accolades.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 46 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in college athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2022 Honda Cup, which will be presented during the live telecast of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Presented by Honda on CBS Sports Network on June 27.
Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo, South Florida’s Georgina Corrick and Washington’s Baylee Klingler were also named finalists.
The softball finalists were selected by a panel of coaches and experts from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The Honda Sport award winner for softball will be announced later this week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
CoSIDA Academic All-America
Arkansas senior Danielle Gibson earned Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Tuesday. Gibson is the seventh Razorback softball student-athlete and first since 2014 to garner Academic All-America recognition.
CoSIDA Academic All-America teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Gibson completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and minored in Human Development and Family Science, finishing with a 3.51 grade-point average.
Last week, Gibson became the first two-time All-American in program history after being named a First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Gibson set single-season school records in batting average (.445), hits (81), RBI (70) and total bases (155) during the 2022 season. She was previously selected as a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year along with racking up NFCA First Team All-South Region, First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive team honors. The Murrieta, Calif., product’s 70 RBIs and 155 total bases paced the conference while she ranked second in hits. Gibson led the SEC in RBI (33) and total bases (65) during conference play and tied for first with 10 home runs. Gibson also became Arkansas’ all-time RBI and total bases leader in 2022.