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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis were named to the 2010-11 “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.

Lavender, a two-time All-American, averaged 21.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 51.4 percent from the field in leading Ohio State to a record 31 wins, a sixth straight Big Ten regular season and second straight tournament title in 2009-10. Lavender, who became the first Buckeye to score 2,000 points in her junior season, won Big Ten player of the year honors for the third year in a row and was the Big Ten tournament most outstanding player after setting a tournament championship game record with 35 points in the win over Iowa.

Prahalis, an honorable mention All-America pick by last year by the Associated Press and WBCA, was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten performer after averaging 16.3 points and 8.0 assists per game – second best in Division I. She became just the second D-I player since the 1999-2000 season to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists. Last season she set a Big Ten record with 289 assists and was one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding point guard. She also set a school record with 48-straight free throws made and recorded nine double-doubles.

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 (Lavender and 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 Vandersloot (Gonzaga).

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, Ind.

The preseason candidates for The State Farm Wade Trophy are listed in alphabetical order:

Name

Year

Position

Institution

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.