Phoenix Mercury and WNBA President Laurel Richie surprise "Coach Mia" with 2014 Championship Ring


Earlier today the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was announced as a 2013 ESPY nominee in the categories of "Best Female Athlete" and "Best Female College Athlete" for her performance during her 2012-13 season at Baylor University.

Fans can select the winners by voting online at Voting is currently underway and will close when the live show airs on Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on ESPN/ESPN HD.

Other athletes nominated in the category of "Best Female Athlete" are Gabby Douglas, gold medal Olympic gymnast, Missy Franklin, gold medal Olympic swimmer, and Serena Williams, winner of Wimbledon in 2012.

Nominees for "Best Female College Athlete" include Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina women's lacrosse, Crystal Dunn, North Carolina soccer, and Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma softball.

The 21st ESPYS will air live on Wednesday, July 17 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, with host Jon Hamm. In her 2012-13 season at Baylor, Griner swept all major national awards for the second straight year, including AP Player of the Year, Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy, USBWA Player of the Year and the Wooden Award, while averaging 23.8 points and 4.1 blocks.

Griner has previously won two ESPY awards. She was named the "Best Female Athlete" (2012) and "Best Female College Athlete" (2012) while at Baylor University.

The Mercury returns home on Tuesday, July 2 when it hosts the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting

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