The Wade Trophy, now in its 40th year, is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women's basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen.
The 2016 American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Nurse is one of 25 student-athletes that make up the "Wade Watch" list and the only player representing an American Athletic Conference team.
Nurse, who has started in all five games so far this season, leads the team in both minutes (170) and assists with 24 helpers. She is also fourth in the American Athletic Conference with 4.8 assists per game. The Hamilton, Ont. native has put up double digit point figures in the last three consecutive games after tallied a season-high 15 points at LSU, 10 against Dayton and 12 against Chattanooga.
Last season, Nurse was the only Husky to start in every contest for UConn and one of four players to accumulate 100 assists. Representing Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nurse has served as a member of the Canadian Senior National Team since 2013.
The WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Selection Committee will review the list in January to determine if additional players will be added based on their play during the first half of the 2016-17 season.