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    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and the Huskies are back in action Saturday.

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    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and the Huskies are back in action Saturday.
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    March 27, 2013

    ATLANTA (March 27, 2013) - Junior center Stefanie Dolson and sophomore forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis have been selected as two of 12 finalists for the 2013 State Farm Wade Trophy as announced by the State Farm® Wade Trophy Committee, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).  The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding NCAA Division I women's basketball player.    

    Five former Huskies have been honored as Wade Trophy winners.  Rebecca Lobo (1994-95), Jennifer Rizzotti (1995-96), Sue Bird (2001-02), Diana Taurasi (2002-03) and Maya Moore (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) have each earned the accolade. 

    Dolson enters the NCAA Bridgeport Regional Semifinal leading the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game and leading the Huskies at 7.0 rebounds per contest.  The Port Jervis, N.Y. native was honored as a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and is currently second nationally with a .596 field goal percentage.  Dolson, a member of the 2013 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team, was honored as the BIG EAST Player of the Week twice and the United States Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week once this year.

    Mosqueda-Lewis is UConn's leading scorer at 17.7 points per game and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at .500.  A unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, she enters the NCAA Bridgeport Regional Semifinal as UConn's newly crowned single-season 3-point field goals made leader with 108 long-balls this season.  Mosqueda-Lewis broke Wendy Davis' 21 year old mark during the Huskies' 77-44 NCAA second round victory over Vanderbilt on Monday.    


     

     

    The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The committee will select the winner of The State Farm Wade Trophy from among these 12 finalists who also are named to the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Team when it is chosen in April.  The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5 p.m. CT Monday, April 8, in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's New Orleans Theatre.  The event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. 

    The State Farm Wade Trophy Finalists are as follows:

    Player Name
    Institution
    Year
    Position

    Layshia Clarenden

    California

    Sr.

    G

    Elena Delle Donne

    Delaware

    Sr.

    F/G

    Skylar Diggins

    Notre Dame

    Sr.

    G

    Stefanie Dolson

    Connecticut

    Jr.

    C

    Brittney Griner

    Baylor

    Sr.

    P

    Maggie Lucas

    Penn State

    Jr.

    G

    A'dia Mathies

    Kentucky

    Sr.

    G

    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

    Connecticut

    So.

    F

    Chiney Ogwumike

    Stanford

    Jr.

    F

    Meighan Simmons

    Tennessee

    Jr.

    G

    Odyssey Sims

    Baylor

    Jr.

    G

    Alyssa Thomas

    Maryland

    Jr.

    F

     

    "State Farm is extremely proud to recognize and congratulate these 12 outstanding athletes as finalists for The 2013 State Farm Wade Trophy," said Pam El, marketing vice president for State Farm.  "Their dedication and commitment epitomize the true meaning of student-athlete and they are all very deserving of this great honor."

    The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 36th year, is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade.  This most prestigious award, regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball", debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. 

    Last year, Baylor's Brittney Griner received the prestigious award.  Connecticut's Maya Moore was the first student-athlete to win the award three consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011).  The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978.  Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1997), Candace Parker (2007), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2003).

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    About the WBCA:

    Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls.