Sept. 18, 2012
Preseason Wade Watch List
CHICAGO – DePaul senior guard Anna Martin has been named to the 2012-13 preseason State Farm Wade Watch list it was announced on Tuesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Now in its 36th year, the State Farm Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. Regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," the award is presented annually to the NCAA® Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA.
The preseason list is composed of top NCAA Division I women’s basketball players who best embody Wade's spirit from 18 institutions and eight conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Martin enters her senior season after leading the BIG EAST Conference in scoring with 19.1 points per game which also ranked 25th in Division I a year ago. One of 12 finalists for the 2012 State Farm® Wade Trophy in 2011-12, Martin was also one of two unanimous first-team All-BIG EAST selections. The Lexington, Ky. native was also an honorable mention Associated Press All-American.
The BIG EAST Conference placed seven players on the preseason list, followed by the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences with five each, the Atlantic Coast Conference with three, the Southeastern Conference with two, and the Colonial Athletic Association and Ohio Valley and Pac-12 conferences with one each.
DePaul opens the exhibition portion of its schedule on Oct. 30 when it hosts Illinois Wesleyan at McGrath-Phillips Arena at 7 p.m. The Blue Demons’ regular season is slated to begin on Nov. 9 when they take on Nicholls State in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.