SB: Higginbotham and Sward Earn All-Big Ten Softball Honors
University of Minnesota sophomore catcher Megan Higginbotham and senior designated player Stephanie Sward have been named to the 2005 All-Big Ten softball team. Higginbotham earned first-team honors, while Sward was a second-team selection.
A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Higginbotham ranked second in the Big Ten with a .484 batting average in league games, and led the conference in doubles with seven and total bases with 49. Overall, Higginbotham ranked second in the Big Ten with a .411 batting average, the fifth-highest average in school history. An all-around player, she led the league with 14 runners caught stealing and ranked second with 22 stolen bases in 23 attempts. In mid-April, she became the first Golden Gopher to be named National Player of the Week, and also became the first Big Ten softball player since 2003 to win back-to- back Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
A native of Maplewood, Minn., Sward capped her career with her first All-Big Ten honor. Sward ranked second on the team with a .333 batting average and led the squad with 32 runs scored. She led the Big Ten with 28 stolen bases, six more than any other player in the league. That total ranks third in school history. Sward ranks second all-time in school history with 81 career stolen bases.
The complete list of 2005 All-Big Ten softball teams are below.
2005 All-Big Ten First Team
2005 All-Big Ten Second Team
<2005 All-Big Ten Third Team
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