SPRINGFIELD. Mass. – Junior forward Azura Stevens of the top-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team was tabbed a Top-10 candidate for the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon.
Named after the three-time All-American, 1994 National Player of the Year and a 2015 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top centers in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
In her first year as a Husky, Stevens has established herself as a key component in UConn’s success. The forward is boasting 14.2 points per game and is leading the squad in double-doubles with six. Her 7.7 boards per game and 40 total blocks rank second among the team. Stevens has appeared in all 21 games this season and has worked her way into the starting rotation on five occasions.
Stevens is joined by Kalani Brown (Baylor), Megan Gustafson (Iowa), Hallie Thome (Michigan), Teaira McCowan (Mississippi State), Kaylee Jensen (Oklahoma State), Marie Gulich (Oregon State), A’ja Wilson (South Carolina), Mercedes Russell (Tennessee) and Monique Billings (UCLA). Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season.
The Selection Committee for the Lisa Leslie Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalists to determine the Naismith Starting 5 at www.hoophallawards.com.
The winner of the 2018 Lisa Leslie Center Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award and the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award which is presented annually by the WBCA’s community of coaches to the best player in college women’s basketball.
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