Seven players added to watch list
Three come from the Big East and two from the Big Ten
ATLANTA – The Wade Trophy Committee has added seven additional student-athletes to the 2010-11 Wade Watch list, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade Trophy Coalition, announced.
Joining the preseason list of 25 Wade Watch hopefuls are Keisha Hampton of DePaul, Amy Jaeschke of Northwestern, Kalisha Keane of Michigan State, Jeanette Pohlen of Stanford, Liz Repella of West Virginia, Angel Robinson of Marquette and Riquna Williams of Miami (Fla.).
The Wade Trophy is presented each year to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA® Division I women’s basketball player – one who not only excels athletically but also serves as a positive role model both on and off the court. The acclaimed Wade Watch list, from which The Wade Trophy recipient is chosen, consists of players selected on the basis of game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
The Wade Watch list will be trimmed to 12 finalists in mid-March. The Wade Trophy winner will be announced during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.
Hampton leads DePaul, ranked 13th in the USA Today ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll and unbeaten in Big East play, in scoring with a 15.6 point-per-game average. So far this season the 6-foot-2 junior forward has scored 20 or more points in six games and has been named three times to the Big East Conference Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll.
Jaeschke, a 6-foot-5 senior center for Northwestern, has scored 30 or more points in four games this season, including a career-best 37-point, 17-rebound performance against Central Michigan on Dec. 11. She scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded 10 blocked shots against Chicago State on Nov. 21 for only the second triple-double in Wildcats’ history. Jaeschke has been named Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season.
Keane, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, currently leads 15th-ranked Michigan State in scoring with a 15.9 point-per-game average (seventh in the Big Ten), and is the 21st Spartan to score 1,000 career points. She has seven 20-plus-point games this season. The 2010 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, Keane has been named All Big Ten Honorable Mention in each of her first three seasons at Michigan State.
Pohlen joins Stanford teammates Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pederson on the Wade Watch list. The 6-foot senior guard was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 3 after scoring a career-high 31 points to lead the third-ranked Cardinal to its upset of then top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 30, which ended the Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak. She currently is averaging 16.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Repella, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, currently leads No. 15 West Virginia in scoring (13.8 ppg), steals (45) and 3-pointers made (43). She was an All-Big East second-team selection in 2009, first-team selection in 2010 and preseason selection this season. Repella was named to the Big East honor roll for the week of Nov. 29.
Robinson, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, currently is Marquette’s leader in scoring (14.0 ppg), assists (5.2 apg) and steals (2.7 spg, which also leads the Big East), and is second in rebounding (5.8 rpg). She has scored in double figures in 15 of the 24th-ranked Golden Eagles’ last 17 games. Robinson is the only player in Marquette history to record more than 1,500 points, 500 assists and 250 steals in her career. A Preseason All-Big East selection, she was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 13 for her play against Connecticut and Green Bay.
Williams, a 5-foot-7 junior guard for No. 17 Miami (Fla.), on Monday was named the ACC Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after scoring 72 points in three games last week, including 27 in back-to-back victories over NC State and Georgia Tech. She currently leads the ACC in scoring with 21.4 points per game. Williams joins fellow Hurricane Shenise Johnson on the Wade Watch list.