Allie Quigley Named Preseason Naismith Trophy Candidate
ATLANTA – Fifty of the country’s top collegiate women’s basketball players were named as 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.
DePaul's Allie Quigley is second player in program history - joining Khara Smith - to be named to the Naismith Award list. She is also one of nine BIG EAST student-athletes on the preseason list. Quigley leads the Blue Demons with 19.0 points per game, including a career-best 37 points against Rutgers on Dec. 7. The junior is rapidly ascending the DePaul record charts with 1,085 points for 17th all-time and 156 three-pointers to tie for fourth in school history.
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 and expectations for the 2006-07 season.
“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.
Cingular Wireless will continue to set the standard in allowing fans to participate in determining this year’s winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging, fan voting will account for an unprecedented 25% of the final results – more than any other national award.
“The talent in women’s basketball is as deep as it’s ever been this season,” said Marc Lefar, chief marketing officer of Cingular Wireless. “Cingular is excited to partner with the Atlanta Tipoff Club and college basketball fans nationwide to help select this year’s Naismith Trophy winner.”
The pre-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Name, Position, School
Last year’s Naismith Trophy recipient was repeat winner Seimone Augustus from LSU. Other notable women’s college player of the year winners include Diana Taurasi, Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Sheryl Swoopes.
For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.
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