DAPHNE, Ala. – Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry and University of Indianapolis softball player Morgan Foley have been voted the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for February.Curry continued his scoring leadership of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season and hit a game-winning 32-foot 3-pointer with seconds left in overtime to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-118, on Feb. 27. Curry scored 12 3-pointers, tying the NBA record for most in a single game. Curry finished the game with 46 points. Curry also broke a NBA record he set last year for 3-pointers in a season, as he has 288 3-pointers with 24 games to play in the regular season. Curry leads the NBA in scoring at 30.7 points a game. He now has the top three places in the NBA records for 3-pointers in a season with 272 in 2012-13, 286 in 2014-15, and 288 so far this year. He has been the major force behind Golden State’s league-leading 53-5 record as of the end of February.
Morgan Foley, senior pitcher for the University of Indianapolis softball team, pitched 21 strikeouts in a win over Hillsdale College on Feb. 27 to set a NCAA Division II record for most strikeouts in a seven-inning game. Foley is 6-0 with 68 strikeouts in 36 and one-third innings for the Greyhounds this season. It was her second record performance, as in May 2014 she struck out 30 batters in a 13-inning overtime win over Rockhurst University, setting a record for all NCAA divisions for most strike outs in a single game.
There was a tie for runner up in the men’s balloting between Canadian hockey player Braden Holtby and Australian rugby player Johnathan Thurston.
Holtby, of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, leads the league with 38 wins and is the only goalie to lose fewer than 10 games while playing more than 40 games.
Thurston, of the North Queensland Cowboys, won the World Club Series trophy after a victory over Leeds Rhinos in the World Club Series match on Feb. 21 in Leeds, England. He won his third Golden Boot as the world’s best player.
The runner up in the women’s balloting was skier Lindsey Vonn and third place went to basketball player Rachel Banham, both of the United States.
Vonn produced a faultless run to claim the 38th downhill race victory of her illustrious International Skiing Federation Alpine Skiing World Cup career in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Feb. 6.
Banham, a guard for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team, scored 60 points in a double overtime win over Northwestern University on Feb. 7, tying the women’s Division I single game record.
This is the 32nd year of the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Year program, which is part of the institution’s annual Awards of Sport program. Each month, the public is invited to participate by nominating and voting for the Male and Female Athletes of the Month on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Monthly winners become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor, which is selected at year end by an online public balloting. Monthly and annual winners are announced on the Academy’s website, social media, and in the monthly e-newsletter, The Sport Update.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tennis great Serena Williams were the Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2015.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.