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BU's Nina Davis and Niya Johnson on 'Wade Watch' List

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ATLANTA (March 11, 2016) – The Wade Trophy Committee has named 30 student-athletes to the 2015-16 “Wade Watch” list, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.

Now in its 39th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade.  During her six seasons as head coach, Wade won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen and recorded a career record of 157-23.

Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year.   The 30-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.

Here is the list of candidates for the 2016 Wade Trophy in alphabetical order:

Player

Institution

Position

Year

Jillian Alleyne

University of Oregon

Forward

Senior

Ameryst Alston

Ohio State University

Guard

Senior

Rachel Banham

University of Minnesota

Guard

RS Senior

Imani Boyette

University of Texas

Center

Senior

Adut Bulgak

Florida State University

Center

Senior

Jordin Canada

UCLA

Guard

Sophomore

Alaina Coates 

University of South Carolina

Center

Junior

Nia Coffey

Northwestern University

Forward

Junior

Nina Davis

Baylor University

Forward

Junior

Diamond DeShields

University of Tennessee

Guard

RS Sophomore

Makayla Epps

University of Kentucky

Guard

Junior

Moriah Jefferson

University of Connecticut

Guard

Senior

Niya Johnson

Baylor University

Guard

Senior

Brionna Jones

University of Maryland

Center

Junior

Jonquel Jones

George Washington University

Forward

Senior

Brittney Martin

Oklahoma State University

Guard

Senior

Kelsey Mitchell

Ohio State University

Guard

Sophomore

Tiffany Mitchell

University of South Carolina

Guard

Senior

Adrienne Motley

University of Miami

Guard

Junior

Kelsey Plum

University of Washington

Guard

Junior

Aerial Powers

Michigan State University

Forward

Junior

Azurà Stevens

Duke University

Forward

Sophomore

Breanna Stewart

University of Connecticut

Forward

Senior

Morgan Tuck

University of Connecticut

Forward

Senior

Brianna Turner

University of Notre Dame

Forward

Sophomore

Victoria Vivians

Mississippi State University

Guard

Sophomore

Courtney Walker

Texas A&M University

Guard

Senior

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

University of Maryland

Guard

Junior

Courtney Williams

University of South Florida

Guard

Senior

A’ja Wilson

University of South Carolina

Forward

Sophomore

The WBCA will officially announce The Wade Trophy winner during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis.

The WBCA purchased sole ownership and all rights to The Wade Trophy from the Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America, in January 2016. The two organizations had partnered to present the prestigious award since 2000.  The WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee determines the recipient.

Junior forward Nina Davis, a 2015 Wade Trophy finalist, continues to show her prowess on the court. For the third straight season she leads Baylor in scoring and rebounding and is among the Big 12 leaders in both categories. A three-time All-Big 12 first-team selection, two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and consensus 2015 All-American, Davis’ leadership, both on and off the court, has allowed the Lady Bears to remain as one of the nation’s top teams. Davis, throughout her three-year career, has scored over 1,850 points and hauled down over 850 rebounds both of which rank among Baylor’s career leaders. This season Davis is averaging a team-leading 15.6 points per game and pulls down 6.1 rebounds a contest and was named to the All-Big 12 first-team and to the Big 12 Championship all-tournament team.

Senior point guard Niya Johnson has proven herself to be the consummate point guard throughout her four years. She has led the nation in assists per game for two seasons and with over 950 career assists, ranks high on the NCAA career assist chart. She is one of only five players to ever dish out over 900 assists and haul down more than 500 rebounds. Johnson is a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection and has been named to the Big 12 Championship all-tournament team twice. Johnson is averaging a nation leading 8.6 assists per game while scoring 7.1 points and hauling down 5.3 rebounds a contest.

Baylor has had two Wade Trophy winners, Brittney Griner was a two-time recipient (2012 & 2013) and Odyssey Sims claimed the Wade Trophy in 2014.

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