Naismith Trophy Presented by Cingular Wireless Names Pre-Season Candidates

Cingular Wireless to Present College Basketball's Top Honor

    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
     "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 .
     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.
     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 . Get Cingular Wireless press releases e-mailed to
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SOURCE Atlanta Sports Council

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