Blue, Quinn Named Pre-Season Naismith Trophy Candidates

Nov. 9, 2004

UCLA guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn are amongst 50 pre-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men's and women's players of the year.

The Top 50 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its pre-season criteria on player performances from last season.

Last season, Blue was a first-team All-Pac-10 performer for the second consecutive year, averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists and 2.97 steals per game. She was impressive in post-season play, earning all-tournament honors for the second straight year at the Pac-10 Tournament and then lighting up Minnesota for an all-time UCLA NCAA Tournament best 33 points in first round action.

Quinn also earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was voted the conference's Freshman of the Year after a stellar first season in which she led UCLA in both scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg). She set a school freshman record by scoring 20 or more points in six consecutive games and she also had eight double-doubles, including a triple-double at Cal (21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

"The women's pre-season candidates represent the very best in college basketball," said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Sports Council president. "It will be a privilege to add any of these players to the list of distinguished Naismith Trophy winners."

In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow its pre-season list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.

"The talent in women's basketball is as deep as it's ever been this season," said Daryl Evans, vice president of advertising and marketing for Cingular Wireless. "Cingular is excited to partner with the Atlanta Tipoff Club to present the best women's player with the most recognizable award in college basketball, the Naismith Trophy."

The pre-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Seimone Augustus, 6-1, Jr., Guard, LSU
Sherill Baker, 5-8, Jr., Guard, Georgia
Jacqueline Batteast, 6-2, Sr., Forward, Notre Dame
Steffanie Blackmon, 6-2, Sr., Forward, Baylor
Nikki Blue, 5-8, Jr., Guard, UCLA
Natasha Brackett, 5-9, Sr., Guard, Auburn
Jamie Carey, 5-6, Sr., Guard, Texas
Monique Currie, 6-0, Jr., Guard, Duke
Jessalyn Deveny, 5-9, Sr., Guard, Boston College
Shay Doron, 5-9, So., Guard, Maryland
Shyra Ely, 6-2, Sr., Forward, Tennessee
Emily Faurholt, 5-11, Jr., Forward, Idaho
Katie Feenstra, 6-8, Sr., Center, Liberty
Katie Gearlds, 6-1, So., Guard, Purdue
Erin Grant, 5-8, Jr., Guard, Texas Tech
Sandora Irvin, 6-3, Sr., Forward, TCU
Dionnah Jackson, 5-9, Sr., Guard, Oklahoma
Tiffany Jackson, 6-3, So., Forward, Texas
Tamara James, 5-10, Jr., F/G, Miami
Temeka Johnson, 5-3, Sr., Guard, LSU
Alexis Kendrick, 5-7, Jr., Guard, Georgia
Laurie Koehn, 5-8, Sr., Guard, Kansas State
Cathrine Kraayeveld, 6-4, Sr., Forward, Oregon
Ivory Latta, 5-6, So., Guard, North Carolina
Camille Little, 6-1, So., F/G, North Carolina
Sancho Lyttle, 6-4, Sr., C/F, Houston
Kristen Mann, 6-2, Sr., Forward, UC Santa Barbara
Janel McCarville, 6-2, Sr., Center, Minnesota
Jessica Moore, 6-3, Sr., C/F, Connecticut
Loree Moore, 5-9, Sr., Guard, Tennessee
Bernice Mosby, 6-1, Jr., Forward, Florida
Chelsea Newton, 5-11, Sr., Guard, Rutgers
Shawntinice Polk, 6-5, Jr., Center, Arizona
Cappie Pondexter, 5-9, Sr., Guard, Rutgers
Noelle Quinn, 6-0, So., Guard, UCLA
Kathrin Ress, 6-4, So., Forward, Boston College
Alesha Robertson, 6-0, So., Forward, Texas Tech
Heather Schreiber, 6-2, Sr., Forward, Texas
Khara Smith, 6-2, Jr., Forward, DePaul
Kim Smith, 6-1, Jr., Forward, Utah
Ann Strother, 6-2, Jr., Guard, Connecticut
Kelley Suminski, 5-9, Sr., Guard, Stanford
Carla Thomas, 6-3, So., Forward, Vanderbilt
Barbara Turner, 6-0, Jr., F/G, Connecticut
Kendra Wecker, 5-11, Sr., Forward, Kansas State
Dee-Dee Wheeler, 5-6, Sr., Guard, Arizona
Tan White, 5-7, Sr., Guard, Mississippi State
Tanisha Wright, 5-11, Sr., Guard, Penn State
Sophia Young, 6-1, Jr., Forward, Baylor
Shanna Zolman, 5-10, Jr., Guard, Tennessee

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