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Breanna Stewart, the most outstanding player of the 2013 Final Four, cuts down the nets after leading Connecticut to a national championship. (Photo by Kelly Kline)
Breanna Stewart, the most outstanding player of the 2013 Final Four, cuts down the nets after leading Connecticut to a national championship. (Photo by Kelly Kline)

Wade Trophy Watch List is headlined by four Connecticut players

October 8, 2013 - 11:09am

ATLANTA –  The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2013-14 Wade Trophy preseason "Watch List" today, and in the mix are four players from the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies, inlcuding Breanna Stewart, the most outstanding player of the 2013 Women's Final Four. 

Returning to the list are two-time WBCA Coaches’ All-Americans Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland. Four teams – California, Duke, Notre Dame and Tennessee – are represented by two players each on the 25-member preseason list.

The Atlantic Coast Conference placed six players on the 2013-14 preseason list, followed by the American Athletic Conference with five, the Southeastern Conference with four, the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences with three each, and the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA with two players each.

Now in its 37th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA.

The preseason list is composed of top NCAA Division I women’s basketball players who best embody Wade’s spirit from 18 different institutions and seven conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team, and overall playing ability.

Here is the complete list of preseason candidates for the 2014 Wade Trophy in alphabetical order:

Player Institution Position Year
Natalie Achonwa Notre Dame Forward Senior
Rachel Banham Minnesota Guard Junior
Brittany Boyd California Guard Junior
Gennifer Brandon California Forward Senior
Jerica Coley FIU Guard Senior
Stefanie Dolson Connecticut Center Senior
Aaryn Ellenberg Oklahoma Guard Senior
Bashaara Graves Tennessee Forward Sophomore
Chelsea Gray Duke Guard Senior
Bria Hartley Connecticut Guard Senior
Jordan Hooper Nebraska Forward Senior
Maggie Lucas Penn State Guard Senior
Tyaunna Marshall Georgia Tech Guard Senior
Kayla McBride Notre Dame Guard Senior
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Connecticut Forward Junior
Chiney Ogwumike Stanford Forward Senior
Theresa Plaisance LSU Forward Senior
Ebony Rowe Middle Tennessee Forward Senior
Shoni Schimmel Louisville Guard Senior
Meighan Simmons Tennessee Guard Senior
Odyssey Sims Baylor Guard Senior
DeNesha Stallworth Kentucky Forward Senior
Breanna Stewart Connecticut Forward Sophomore
Alyssa Thomas Maryland Forward Senior
Elizabeth Williams Duke Center/Forward Junior

Source: WBCA press release


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