August 4, 2010
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade
Coalition, announced the 2010-2011 preseason "Wade Watch" list for The State
Farm® Wade Trophy Division I Player of the
Year. The 25-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who
best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following
criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their
team and overall playing ability.
This year's list has 19 institutions and 10 conferences represented. Tennessee has three student-athletes on the list – Angie Bjorklund, Kelley Cain and Shekinna Stricklen. Connecticut (Tiffany Hayes and Maya Moore), Xavier (Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips), Stanford (Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen) and Ohio State (Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis) each added two to the list.
The BIG EAST and SEC each have four student-athletes on the list, followed by the ACC (3), Big Ten (3), Big 12 (3), Atlantic-10 (2), Colonial Athletic (2), Pac-10 (2), Sun Belt (1) and West Coast (1).
Three seniors in Lavender, Moore and Pedersen are making the list for the third year. Six others
become two-time "Wade Watchers" including
Hayes (Tennessee), Ta’Shia Phillips (Xavier), Prahalis (Ohio State), Danielle
Robinson (University of Oklahoma), Carolyn Swords (Boston College) and Courtney
The only two-time winners of The State Farm Wade Trophy include Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2009 and 2010), Louisiana State's Seimone Augustus (2005 and 2006) and Old Dominion's Nancy Lieberman (1979 and 1980).
The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 34th year and named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. This highly prestigious award, regarded as the "Heisman of Women's Basketball," is organized by the WBCA, in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
The 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced at the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2010-2011 State Farm Wade Trophy Preseason List
The preseason candidates for The State Farm Wade Trophy are listed in alphabetical order:
|Danielle Adams||Senior||Center||Texas A&M University|
|Kachine Alexander||Senior||Guard||University of Iowa|
|Angie Bjorklund||Senior||Guard||University of Tennessee|
|Kelley Cain||Junior||Center||University of Tennessee|
|Elena Delle Donne||Sophomore||Forward||University of Delaware|
|Skylar Diggins||Sophomore||Guard||University of Notre Dame|
|Victoria Dunlap||Senior||Forward||University of Kentucky|
|Dawn Evans||Senior||Guard||James Madison University|
|Brittney Griner||Sophomore||Center||Baylor University|
|Amber Harris||Senior||Forward||Xavier University|
|Tiffany Hayes||Junior||Guard||University Of Connecticut|
|Shenise Johnson||Junior||Guard||University of Miami|
|Jantel Lavender||Senior||Center||Ohio State University|
|Maya Moore||Senior||Forward||University Of Connecticut|
|Nnemkadi Ogwumike||Junior||Forward||Stanford University|
|Kayla Pedersen||Senior||Forward||Stanford University|
|Ta'Shia Phillips||Senior||Center||Xavier University|
|Samantha Prahalis||Junior||Guard||Ohio State University|
|Chastity Reed||Senior||Forward||Univ. of Arkansas - Little Rock|
|Danielle Robinson||Senior||Guard||University of Oklahoma|
|Sugar Rodgers||Sophomore||Guard||Georgetown University|
|Shekinna Stricklen||Junior||Guard||University of Tennessee|
|Carolyn Swords||Senior||Center||Boston College|
|Jasmine Thomas||Senior||Guard||Duke University|
|Courtney Vandersloot||Senior||Guard||Gonzaga University|
The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June of 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past nine years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award. A committee comprised of coaches, administration and media from across the United States selects the winner.