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ATLANTA (October 8, 2013) - Returning two-time WBCA Coaches' All-Americans Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland, as well as 2013 NCAA® Women's Final Four® most outstanding player Breanna Stewart of Connecticut, headline the 2013-14 preseason "Wade Watch" list of candidates for the prestigious award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Defending national champion Connecticut leads all schools with four players on the 25-member preseason list. Four teams - California, Duke, Notre Dame and Tennessee - are represented by two players each.

Now in its 37th year, The 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 different institutions and seven 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.

The Atlantic Coast Conference placed six players on the 2013-14 preseason list, followed by the American Athletic Conference with five, the Southeastern Conference with four, the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences with three each, and the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA with two players each.

Here is the complete list of preseason candidates for the 2014 Wade Trophy in alphabetical order:

  Player
Institution
Position
Year
  Natalie Achonwa
Notre Dame
Forward
Senior
  Rachel Banham
Minnesota
Guard
Junior
  Brittany Boyd
California
Guard
Junior
  Gennifer Brandon
California
Forward
Senior
  Jerica Coley
FIU
Guard
Senior
  Stefanie Dolson
Connecticut
Center
Senior
  Aaryn Ellenberg
Oklahoma
Guard
Senior
  Bashaara Graves
Tennessee
Forward
Sophomore
  Chelsea Gray
Duke
Guard
Senior
  Bria Hartley
Connecticut
Guard
Senior
  Jordan Hooper
Nebraska
Forward
Senior
  Maggie Lucas
Penn State
Guard
Senior
  Tyaunna Marshall
Georgia Tech
Guard
Senior
  Kayla McBride
Notre Dame
Guard
Senior
  Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
Connecticut
Forward
Junior
  Chiney Ogwumike
Stanford
Forward
Senior
  Theresa Plaisance
LSU
Forward
Senior
  Ebony Rowe
Middle Tennessee
Forward
Senior
  Shoni Schimmel
Louisville
Guard
Senior
  Meighan Simmons
Tennessee
Guard
Senior
  Odyssey Sims
Baylor
Guard
Senior
  DeNesha Stallworth
Kentucky
Forward
Senior
  Breanna Stewart
Connecticut
Forward
Sophomore
  Alyssa Thomas
Maryland
Forward
Senior
  Elizabeth Williams
Duke
Center/Forward
Junior

About the NAGWS
The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport was established to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for ALL girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies, and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change.

About the WBCA

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.