List to be narrowed to 30 in January
ATLANTA -- Fifty of the country's top collegiate women's basketball players have been named preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, a national award presented annually to the men's and women's players of the year.
The Top 50 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its preseason criteria on player performances from last season.
In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow its preseason list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.
The preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, listed in alphabetical order:
Player Ht. Yr. Pos. School Seimone Augustus 6-1 Jr. G LSU Sherrill Baker 5-8 Jr. G Georgia Jacqueline Batteast 6-2 Sr. F Notre Dame Stephanie Blackmon 6-2 Sr. F Baylor Nikki Blue 5-8 Jr. G UCLA Natasha Brackett 5-9 Sr. G Auburn Jamie Carey 5-6 Sr. G Texas Monique Currie 6-0 Jr. G Duke Jessica Deveney 5-9 Sr. G Boston College Shay Doron 5-9 So. G Maryland 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 Erin Grant 5-8 Jr. G Texas Tech Sandora Irvin 6-3 Sr. F TCU Dionnah Jackson 5-9 Sr. G Oklahoma Tiffany Jackson 6-3 So. F Texas Tamara James 5-9 Jr. G/F Miami Temeka Johnson 5-3 Sr. G LSU Alexis Kendrick 5-7 Jr. G Georgia Laurie Koehn 5-8 Sr. G Kansas State Cathrine Kraayeveld 6-4 Sr. F Oregon Ivory Latta 5-6 So. G North Carolina Camille Little 6-1 So. G/F North Carolina Sancho Lyttle 6-4 Sr. C/F Houston Kristen Mann 6-2 Sr. F UC Santa Barbara Janel McCarville 6-2 Sr. F Minnesota Jessica Moore 6-3 Sr. C/F Connecticut Loree Moore 5-9 Sr. G Tennessee Bernice Mosby 6-1 Jr. F Florida Chelsea Newton 5-11 Sr. G Rutgers Shawntinice Polk 6-5 Jr. C Arizona Cappie Pondexter 5-9 Sr. G Rutgers Noelle Quinn 6-0 So. G UCLA Kathrin Ress 6-4 So. F Boston College Alesha Robertson 6-0 So. F Texas Tech 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 Carla Thomas 6-3 So. F Vanderbilt Barbara Turner 6-0 Jr. G/F Connecticut Kendra Wecker 5-11 Sr. F Kansas State Dee-Dee Wheeler 5-6 Sr. G Arizona Tan White 5-8 Sr. G Mississippi State Tanisha Wright 5-11 Sr. G Penn State Sophia Young 6-1 Jr. F Baylor Shanna Zolman 5-10 Jr. G Tennessee