Four Huskies in Running for 2013 Naismith Women's College Player of the Year

Hartley is one of four Huskies in running for 2013 Naismith Women's College Player of the Year

Feb. 27, 2013

ATLANTA – The UConn women’s basketball team has four Huskies in the top 30 list for 2013 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday. Stefanie Dolson, Kelly Faris, Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were selected as top 30 candidates by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performance during this year’s college basketball season. Connecticut’s leads the way with four players, while Baylor, Notre Dame, Duke, Maryland and Penn State each have a pair of players on the list.

In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow down the pack to four finalists. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded to one female athlete on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.

Mosqueda-Lewis leads the Huskies with 17.1 points per game and averages 6.4 rebounds per contest, while Dolson is second on the squad in scoring and rebounding with 14.0 points per game and 6.4 boards per contest. Dolson currently leads the nation in field goal percentage shooting 60.0 percent per game, while Mosqueda-Lewis is third in the country from behind the arc with a 50.3 percentage. Faris is having an outstanding senior campaign averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and leads the team in assists (4.1 apg) and steals (2.8 spg). Both Mosqueda-Lewis and Faris scored their 1,000th career point on Saturday against Seton Hall.  Hartley is averaging 9.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, while she is second on the team with 3.5 assists per contest.

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.


 

 

Last Name

First Name

Class

Position

School

Bentley

Alex

Senior

G

Penn State

Bone

Kelsey

Junior

C

Texas A&M

Clarendon

Layshia

Senior

G

California

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

Goodrich

Angel

Senior

G

Kansas

Gray

Chelsea

Junior

G

Duke

Griner

Brittney

Senior

C

Baylor

Hartley

Bria

Junior

G

Connecticut

Hawkins

Tianna

Senior

F

Maryland

Hill

Tayler

Senior

G

Ohio State

Hooper

Jordan

Junior

F

Nebraska

Lucas

Maggie

Junior

G

Penn State

Mathies

A'dia

Senior

G

Kentucky

McBride

Kayla

Junior

G

Notre Dame

Moore

Lindsey

Senior

G

Nebraska

Mosqueda-Lewis

Kaleena

Sophomore

F

Connecticut

Ogwumike

Chiney

Junior

F

Stanford

Penn

Karisma

Senior

F

Illinois

Rasheed

Niveen

Senior

F

Princeton

Rodgers

Sugar

Senior

G

Georgetown

Rowe

Ebony

Junior

F

Middle Tennessee State

Simmons

Meighan

Junior

G

Tennessee

Sims

Odyssey

Junior

G

Baylor

Thomas

Alyssa

Junior

F

Maryland

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.