Four Huskies [Guess Which Ones] Make Preseason Wade List

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Hot off the UConn presses:

Senior center Stefanie Dolson, senior guard Bria Hartley, junior guard Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and freshman forward Breanna Stewart have each been selected to the 2013-14 Wade Watch list as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.  The Huskies led all teams with four players on the 25-member list.  No other team had more than two selections.

All four players were recently invited to attend the United States Women’s National Team Training Camp in Las Vegas from October 3-6.  Hartley was unable to attend due to a minor ankle injury. 

Dolson, a 2012-13 WBCA/State Farm All-America selection, enters her senior year with 1,299 career points and is fourth on UConn’s all-time field goal percentage list at 59.8 percent.  A 2013 First Team All-Big East selection, Dolson has been selected to the All-Big East Tournament team in each of her three years in Storrs and was an NCAA Tournament All-Region Team pick in each of the last two seasons.  Dolson also was honored as an All-American by the United States Basketball Writers and earned All-America Third honors from the Associated Press last year.

Hartley, a 2011-12 WBCA/State Farm All-America selection, was a 2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team selection after averaging 9.2 points per game.  A 2012-13 Honorable Mention All-Big East selection Hartley enters her senior year with 1,347 career points in 113 games played.  The 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year has been named to the Wade Trophy Watch List in each of the last three years.

Mosqueda-Lewis was only the fifth UConn sophomore to be selected as a WBCA/State Farm All-American in 2012-13 after establishing a new school record with 118 made 3-point field goals.  She enters her junior year with 1,239 career points and is third all-time at UConn in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.8 percent.  After leading the country in 3-point field goal percentage last year (49.2 percent) the Anaheim Hills, Calif. native was also selected as an All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association and earned second-team honors by the Associated Press.      

Stewart averaged 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in her rookie season.  An Honorable Mention All-Big East selection, Stewart took off during the postseason and was honored as the 2013 Bridgeport Regional Most Outstanding Player in addition to being honored as only the fourth freshman ever to be selected as the MOP of the Final Four.  A 2013 All-Big East Tournament pick, Stewart averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 56.3 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from long-range during five NCAA Tournament games.  The Syracuse, N.Y. native is only the third UConn Husky ever, along with Diana Taurasi (2003 and 2004) and Maya Moore (2010), to be honored as the MOP of the NCAA Regional and Final Four. 

UConn, the defending national champion, leads all schools with four players on the 25-member preseason list. Four teams – California, Duke, Notre Dame and Tennessee – are represented by two players each.

Now in its 37th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” the award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA. 

The preseason list is composed of top NCAA Division I women’s basketball players who best embody Wade’s spirit from 18 different institutions and seven conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team, and overall playing ability.

The Atlantic Coast Conference placed six players on the 2013-14 preseason list, followed by the American Athletic Conference with five, the Southeastern Conference with four, the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences with three each, and the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA with two players each.

Here is the complete list of preseason candidates for the 2014 Wade Trophy in alphabetical order:

Player

Institution

Position

Year

Natalie Achonwa

Notre Dame

Forward

Senior

Rachel Banham

Minnesota

Guard

Junior

Brittany Boyd

California

Guard

Junior

Gennifer Brandon

California

Forward

Senior

Jerica Coley

FIU

Guard

Senior

Stefanie Dolson

Connecticut

Center

Senior

Aaryn Ellenberg

Oklahoma

Guard

Senior

Bashaara Graves

Tennessee

Forward

Sophomore

Chelsea Gray

Duke

Guard

Senior

Bria Hartley

Connecticut

Guard

Senior

Jordan Hooper

Nebraska

Forward

Senior

Maggie Lucas

Penn State

Guard

Senior

Tyaunna Marshall

Georgia Tech

Guard

Senior

Kayla McBride

Notre Dame

Guard

Senior

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

Connecticut

Forward

Junior

Chiney Ogwumike

Stanford

Forward

Senior

Theresa Plaisance

LSU

Forward

Senior

Ebony Rowe

Middle Tennessee

Forward

Senior

Shoni Schimmel

Louisville

Guard

Senior

Meighan Simmons

Tennessee

Guard

Senior

Odyssey Sims

Baylor

Guard

Senior

DeNesha Stallworth

Kentucky

Forward

Senior

Breanna Stewart

Connecticut

Forward

Sophomore

Alyssa Thomas

Maryland

Forward

Senior

Elizabeth Williams

Duke

Center/Forward

Junior

 

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