Aug. 17, 2005
ATLANTA, Ga. – A national awards committee consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators announced its preseason list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year today. The list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
“The 2005-2006 State Farm Wade Trophy preseason list is an example of the top-notch athletes that contribute to making each collegiate basketball game an exciting new experience,” said Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto, Chair of the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee and Athletic Director at DePaul University. “These 25 student-athletes represent the most outstanding players on and off the court and we look forward to another outstanding year of women’s basketball.”
Out of the 25 student-athletes selected for the preseason “Wade Watch,” twenty-two schools were represented with Louisiana State University (Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles), University of Maryland (Shay Doron and Crystal Langhorne), and the University of North Carolina (Erlana Larkins and Ivory Latta) each having two players selected.
The 25 student-athletes represented nine (9) Division I Conferences as the Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven (7). The Southeastern Conference came in a close second having four (4). The Pacific-10, Big East, and Big 12 followed with three (3) each, followed by the Big Ten with two (2). The Atlantic 10, Conference USA, and Mountain West each have one (1) player represented, respectively.
This year’s preseason candidate list has a remarkable number of participants returning to the renowned “Wade Watch”. Out of the 25 student-athletes, eleven were seen last year on The State Farm Wade Trophy Preseason list for Division I including Seimone Augustus, Nikki Blue, Monique Currie, Tiffany Jackson, Ivory Latta, Shawntinice Polk, Cappie Pondexter, Khara Smith, Kim Smith, Ann Strother, and Sophia Young. The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 28th 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 most prestigious award, regarded as the “Heisman of Women’s Basketball”, is organized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
Last year’s The State Farm Wade Trophy recipient was Seimone Augustus (Louisiana State University). The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978. Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), Jennifer Azzi (1990), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2003) and Cheryl Miller (1985), in addition to, two-time winner Nancy Lieberman (1979 and 1980).
The 2006 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced during the WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Boston, Mass., March 31-April 4, 2006.
2005-2006 The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Preseason List
The pre-season candidates for The State Farm Wade Trophy, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
|1. Seimone Augustus||Senior||G||LSU|
|2. Nikki Blue||Senior||G||UCLA|
|3. Monique Currie||Senior||G/F||Duke|
|4. Jessica Davenport||Junior||C||Ohio State|
|5. Shay Doron||Junior||G||Maryland|
|6. Megan Duffy||Senior||G||Notre Dame|
|7. Candice Dupree||Senior||F/C||Temple|
|8. Sylvia Fowles||Sophomore||C||LSU|
|9. Erin Grant||Senior||G||Texas Tech|
|14.Erlana Larkins||Sophomore||F||North Carolina|
|15.Ivory Latta||Junior||G||North Carolina|
|18.Liz Shimek||Senior||F||Michigan State|
|21.Tiffany Stansbury||Senior||F||North Carolina State|
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as an amateur sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.