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:
|Natalie Achonwa||Notre Dame||Forward||Senior|
|Maggie Lucas||Penn State||Guard||Senior|
|Tyaunna Marshall||Georgia Tech||Guard||Senior|
|Kayla McBride||Notre Dame||Guard||Senior|
|Ebony Rowe||Middle Tennessee||Forward||Senior|
Source: WBCA press release