Twelve players in running for Wade Trophy
Updated: March 14, 2007, 11:12 PM ETESPN.com news services
Twelve players, including two from Duke, have been named finalists for the Wade Trophy.Blue Devils coach Gail Goestenkors also is among four finalists for the Naismith college coach of the year award, along with Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Texas A&M's Gary Blair. The Wade Trophy, in its 30th year and often described as the Heisman Trophy of women's college basketball, is awarded annually to the nation's best Division I player. The honor is named after the late three-time national champion Delta State coach Lily Margaret Wade. This season's Wade finalists are: Alison Bales and Lindsey Harding of Duke, Ohio State's Jessica Davenport, LSU's Sylvia Fowles, Purdue's Katie Gearlds, Maryland's Crystal Langhorne, North Carolina's Ivory Latta, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, Tennessee's Candace Parker, Baylor's Bernice Mosby, UCLA's Noelle Quinn and Stanford's Candice Wiggins. The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. Members of the committee will select the winner of The State Farm Wade Trophy from the 10-member Division I Kodak/WBCA All-America Team and will be announced March 31 at the Final Four. Last year, LSU's Seimone Augustus became just the second player to twice win the Wade Trophy. Other recent winners include Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird. The four finalists for the Naismith coaching award were selected in a vote by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which is comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The Naismith winner will be named April 5 in Atlanta.