April 2, 2013
ATLANTA (April 2, 2013) – Senior guard Kelly Faris has been tabbed as a finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Division I Defensive Player of the Year presented by United States Marine Corps as announced by the WBCA on Tuesday morning. Faris is joined by Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike as one of three finalists for the prestigious honor.
The Defensive Player of the Year award honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player. All Division I conference defensive players of the year are eligible to be nominated for the award. A selection committee makes the final decision on the winner. If a conference does not select a defensive player of the year, the conference representative can nominate one player to be considered.
Faris, named to the 2013 Bridgeport All-Region Team, leads the Huskies in assists (4.0 apg) and steals (2.5 spg), while also averaging 10.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. She is fourth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage with .533 and second in assist/turnover ratio with 2.1.
“These finalists are the ones who make their opponents change up offenses in hopes of being able to find ways to score,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “The age-old adage, ‘defense wins games,’ continues to be a dominant factor in the game and each of these women have made it a key component in their play. I wish each of these ladies the best of luck at the WBCA Awards Show in New Orleans!”
The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5 p.m. CT Monday, April 8, in New Orleans. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.