Texas trio headlines award lists
ATLANTA -- Texas is the only school with three players among the 31 preseason candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy award and the list of 30 Wooden Women's Preseason All-Americans.
Seniors Jamie Carey, a 5-foot-6 point guard, and Heather Schreiber, a 6-2 forward, and 6-3 sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson helped headline both groups. The trio includes each of the Longhorns' top scorers from last season's 30-5 squad, which won its second consecutive Big 12 regular-season title and reached its third straight NCAA Sweet 16.
Connecticut, the three-time defending NCAA champion, placed three players on the Wade Trophy list. Jessica Moore, Ann Strother and Barb Turner made the Wade Watch, but Moore was omitted from the preseason Wooden All-Americans.
Jackson, last year's ESPN.com and the USBWA national freshman of the year, averaged 13.0 points and led the Longhorns in in blocks (44, 1.3 bpg) and steals (66, 1.9 spg). She also was second in rebounding (7.5 rpg). Schreiber, an All-Big 12 First Team pick, averaged 12.9 points and 5.8 boards, and was second to Carey in 3-point shooting (50-128, .391). Carey, a Big 12 first-team selection and Nancy Lieberman point guard of the year finalist, registered 10.7 points last season, leading Texas in 3-point shooting with 66 treys and 41 percent accuracy from long range. She was second in assists (97, 2.8 apg).
Other players that made both lists included Seimone Augustus of LSU, Kendra Wecker of Kansas State, Minnesota's Janel McCarville and Rutgers' Cappie Pondexter.
Of the 31 student-athletes selected for the preseason Wade Watch, the Big 12 led with seven; the Big East followed with five players; the SEC and Pac-10 each had four honorees; the ACC and Conference USA had three players each; the Big Ten followed with two, while the Big South, Big West and Mountain West each had one player represented.
The Wade Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy for women's college basketball, is selected by a national committee consisting of leading coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. They were selected based on game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Presented annually to the best women's basketball player in NCAA Division I, the Wade Trophy is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion, Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade. The award debuted in 1978 as the first women's national player of the year award in college basketball. This award is organized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
The 2005 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced during the WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2-5, 2005.
Last year's State Farm Wade Trophy recipient was Alana Beard (Duke University).
The John R. Wooden Award, in its second year, selected 30 players -- based on last year's individual performance and team records -- for its Women's Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team. Four schools each placed two players on the preseason Wooden list (LSU, Tennessee, Connecticut and UCLA). The Big 12 led all conferences with six players selected for preseason Wooden accolades.
Ten NCAA Division I conferences are represented, including the Big 12 (six players), SEC (five), Big East (four), Pac-10 (four), Big Ten (three), ACC (two), Conference USA (two), Big West (one), Mountain West (one), Big South (one) and Big Sky (one).
Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan ('84), Larry Bird ('79), Tim Duncan ('97) and last year's inaugural women's recipient, Alana Beard ('04).
These top-30 candidates were selected by a national poll conducted by the National Advisory Board. Transfers and freshmen as well as other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 List, which will be released in mid-January, and the final national ballot, released in March and consisting of 10-15 players.
The 2005 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005, and will be broadcast live on national television.
A look at the candidates for each award:
Name School Class Seimone Augustus LSU Junior Jacqueline Batteast Notre Dame Senior Steffanie Blackmon Baylor Senior Nikki Blue UCLA Junior Jamie Carey Texas Senior Monique Currie Duke Junior Shyra Ely Tennessee Senior Katie Feenstra Liberty Senior Sandora Irvin TCU Senior Dionnah Jackson Oklahoma Senior Tiffany Jackson Texas Sophomore Temeka Johnson LSU Senior Ivory Latta North Carolina Sophomore Camille Little North Carolina Sophomore Sancho Lyttle Houston Senior Kristen Mann UCSB Senior Janel McCarville Minnesota Senior Jessica Moore Connecticut Senior Shawntinice Polk Arizona Junior Cappie Pondexter Rutgers Senior Noelle Quinn UCLA Sophomore Heather Schreiber Texas Senior Khara Smith DePaul Junior Kim Smith Utah Junior Ann Strother Connecticut Junior Barbara Turner Connecticut Junior Kendra Wecker Kansas State Senior Dee-Dee Wheeler Arizona Senior Tan White Mississippi St. Senior Tanisha Wright Penn State Senior Sophia Young Baylor Junior
Player Ht. Yr. Pos. School Seimone Augustus 6-1 Jr. G LSU Jacqueline Batteast 6-2 Sr. F Notre Dame Steffanie Blackmon 6-2 Sr. F Baylor Nikki Blue 5-8 Jr. G UCLA Jamie Carey 5-6 Sr. G Texas Monique Currie 6-0 Jr. G Duke Shyra Ely 6-2 Sr. F Tennessee Emily Faurholt 5-11 Jr. F Idaho State Katie Feenstra 6-8 Sr. C Liberty Katie Gearlds 6-1 So. G Purdue Sandora Irvin 6-3 Sr. F TCU Dionnah Jackson 5-9 Sr. G Oklahoma Tiffany Jackson 6-3 So. F Texas Temeka Johnson 5-3 Sr. G LSU Camille Little 6-1 So. G/F North Carolina Kristen Mann 6-2 Sr. F UC Santa Barbara Janel McCarville 6-2 Sr. F Minnesota Loree Moore 5-9 Sr. G Tennessee Shawntinice Polk 6-5 Jr. C Arizona Cappie Pondexter 5-9 Sr. G Rutgers Noelle Quinn 6-0 So. G UCLA Heather Schreiber 6-2 Sr. F Texas Khara Smith 6-2 Jr. F DePaul Kim Smith 6-1 So. F Utah Ann Strother 6-2 Jr. G Connecticut Kelley Suminski 5-9 Sr. G Stanford Barbara Turner 6-0 Jr. G/F Connecticut Kendra Wecker 5-11 Sr. F Kansas State Tan White 5-8 Sr. G Mississippi State Tanisha Wright 5-11 Sr. G Penn State