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Seniors Griner and Delle Donne Highlight 2012-2013 Naismith Women’s Early Season Watch List


Baylor senior aims to become sixth woman to earn back-to-back Naismith Trophies


ATLANTA (Nov. 15, 2012) – Baylor senior Brittney Griner and Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne highlight the 2012-2013 Naismith women’s early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. Griner looks to build on the Lady Bears 2012 National Championship season and join only five other players to win back-to-back Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T honors since the award was first presented in 1983.  Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer in 2012 is also a former Naismith Trophy winner, having claimed the Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year award in 2008.

The 50 player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-2013 college basketball season. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.

Other notable players on this year’s watch list include Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins, who led the Fighting Irish to consecutive NCAA National Title Game appearances in 2011 and 2012 and Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike, who led the Cardinals to three consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances.  Diggins and Ogwumike are also former Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year award winners.

“With so much returning talent this year, anticipation and excitement for women’s college basketball season among fans, players and coaches is extremely high,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We look forward to watching these student-athletes compete and prove to the nation that they deserve to be recognized as the best women’s college basketball player in 2013.”

“AT&T is honored to continue its support of this ongoing tradition and this class of emerging talent,” said Jamie Kerr, Director, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. “These promising student-athletes will make for a competitive race and contribute to another exciting season of women’s college basketball.”

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation.  In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. 

Notable Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year winners include Chamique Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, and Tina Charles. The Naismith women’s Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the women’s college basketball player of the year.  For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.  

2012-13 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List:


LAST

FIRST

CLASS

POSITION

SCHOOL

Armstrong

Anne Marie

Senior

G/F

Georgia

Bentley

Alex

Senior

G

Penn State

Bone

Kelsey

Junior

C

Texas A&M

Butler

Heather

Junior

G

University of Tennessee-Martin

Clarendon

Layshia

Senior

G

California

Davis

Carolyn

Senior

F

Kansas

Delle Donne

Elena

Senior

F

Delaware

Diggins

Skylar

Senior

G

Notre Dame

Dolson

Stefanie

Junior

C

Connecticut

Ellenberg

Aaryn

Junior

G

Oklahoma

Evans

Shante

Senior

F

Hofstra

Faris

Kelly

Senior

G

Connecticut

Foggie

Christina

Junior

G

Vanderbilt

Fussell

Chassidy

Junior

G

Texas

George

Jennifer

Senior

F

Florida

Goodrich

Angel

Senior

G

Kansas

Gray

Chelsea

Junior

G

Duke

Griner

Brittney

Senior

C

Baylor

Hand

Whitney

Senior

G

Oklahoma

Hartley

Bria

Junior

G

Connecticut

Hawkins

Tianna

Senior

F

Maryland

Hill

Tayler

Senior

G

Ohio State

Hooper

Jordan

Junior

F

Nebraska

Howard

Natasha

Junior

F

Florida State

Jones

Kortni

Senior

G

Middle Tennessee State

Lucas

Maggie

Junior

G

Penn State

Luper

Kevi

Senior

G

Oral Roberts

Marshall

Ty

Junior

G

Georgia Tech

Martin

Anna

Senior

G

DePaul

Mathies

A'dia

Senior

G

Kentucky

McBride

Kayla

Junior

G

Notre Dame

McKenith

Nadirah

Senior

G

St. John's

Mincy

Lauren

Junior

G

Maryland

Moore

Lindsey

Senior

G

Nebraska

Mosqueda-Lewis

Kaleena

Sophomore

F

Connecticut

Ogwumike

Chiney

Junior

F

Stanford

Oliver

Monique

Senior

F/C

Rutgers

Poppens

Chelsea

Senior

F

Iowa State

Rasheed

Niveen

Senior

F

Princeton

Reid

Monique

Senior

F

Louisville

Rodgers

Sugar

Senior

G

Georgetown

Rowe

Ebony

Junior

F

Middle Tennessee State

Schimmel

Shoni

Junior

G

Louisville

Shafir

Naama

Senior

G

Toledo

Sims

Odyssey

Junior

G

Baylor

Smith

Shenneika

Senior

G

St. John's

Stewart

Breanna

Freshman

F

Connecticut

Thomas

Alyssa

Junior

F

Maryland

Walker

Markel

Senior

G/F

UCLA

Williams

Elizabeth

Sophomore

C

Duke

ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969.  Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.

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