SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Redshirt junior center Azurá Stevens (Ralegh, N.C.) was named to the inaugural 2018 Lisa Leslie Award watch list as announced by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon.
The award is named after the three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year, and recognizes the top centers in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Stevens, a transfer from Duke, was honored as an All-ACC First Team selection following the 2015-16 season after averaging team highs of 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The 6-6 center finished second in the league in scoring and led the conference in rebounding.
An All-ACC Tournament Second Team pick during her sophomore year, Stevens started 26 games during her freshman year and was honored as an All-ACC Second Team pick following her rookie year.
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.
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. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award will be narrowed to just 10. 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 finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
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.