ATLANTA, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. 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. "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: Player Height Class Position School 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. Forward/Guard 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. Forward/Guard North Carolina Sancho Lyttle 6'4" Sr. Center/Forward Houston Kristen Mann 6'2" Sr. Forward UC Santa Barbara Janel McCarville 6'2" Sr. Center Minnesota Jessica Moore 6'3" Sr. Center/Forward 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. Forward/Guard 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 Last year's Naismith Trophy recipient was Connecticut's Diana Taurasi. Other notable women's college player of the year winners include Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Sheryl Swoopes. For more information, visit http://www.naismithawards.com . ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club has presented the Naismith Trophy since Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. ABOUT CINGULAR WIRELESS Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving more than 46 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE: SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE: BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(SM), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com . Get Cingular Wireless press releases e-mailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://www.cingular.com/newsroom .
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