Taurasi Selected as one of 20 Finalists For Naismith National Player of the Year



    STORRS, Conn. (February 18) – UConn senior standout Diana Taurasi has been named as one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award, which were announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

    Taurasi, who was honored as the Naismith winner last season, will be looking to become the fifth player to win the award more than once, joining former multiple winners Cheryl Miller (1984, 85, 86), Clarrisa Davis (1987, 89), Dawn Staley (1991, 92), Chamique Holdsclaw (1998, 99).

    The Naismith Board of Selectors, which includes some of the country’s leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators, began the selection process earlier this year. They have reduced the number of finalists by balloting to the twenty top female players they feel most deserving of the award.

    The winners of the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball, will be honored in Atlanta on Friday, April 9, 2004.

    The finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award (listed alphabetically) are as follows:
    Seimone Augustus, Louisiana State
    Jacqueline Batteast, Notre Dame
    Alana Beard, Duke
    Tera Bjorklund, Colorado
    Jamie Carey, Texas
    Shameka Christon, Arkansas
    Shyra Ely, Tennessee
    Trina Frierson, LA Tech
    Chandi Jones, Houston
    Kelly Mazzante, Penn State
    Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State
    Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers
    Nicole Powell, Stanford
    Stacy Stephens, Texas
    Diana Taurasi, Connecticut
    Christi Thomas, Georgia
     Iciss Tillis, Duke
    Kendra Wecker, Kansas State
    Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
    Shereka Wright, Purdue