ATLANTA -–  Baylor’s Brittney Griner once again finds herself among the top-30 candidates under consideration for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year award, and looks to become only the sixth woman to win back-to-back Women’s Naismith trophies. Previous winners to accomplish the feat include Seimone Augustus (2005, '06), Diana Taurasi (2003, '04), Chamique Holdsclaw (1998, '99), Dawn Staley (1991, '92) and Cheryl Miller (1984, '85, '86). The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the entire list of 30 candidates. Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer in 2012 and the 2008 Naismith High School Girls' Player of the Year, joins Griner among the top 30.

The top-30 candidates were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances during this year’s college basketball season. In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow down the pack to four finalists. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded to one female athlete on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.

For the ninth consecutive year, fans will have the opportunity to text their votes for the player of their choice and help determine the 2013 Naismith Trophy winner. Voting will open to fans on March 25. Presenting sponsor AT&T is making the voting open to other wireless carriers, enabling even more fans to participate.

A handful of strong programs contribute multiple candidates on this year’s top-30 list. Uconn leads the way with four players (Stefanie Dolson, Kelly Faris, Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who won the 2011 Naismith Trophy as a senior in high school). Notre Dame (Skylar Diggins, High School Naismith Trophy in 2009, and Kayla McBride), Baylor (Griner and Odyssey Sims), Duke (Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams), Maryland (Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas) and Penn State (Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas) boast two players each.

Notable Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year winners include Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo and Tina Charles. The Naismith women’s Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the women’s college basketball player of the year.

NAISMITH WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD CANDIDATES
PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CLASS
Alex Bentley Guard Penn State Sr.
Kelsey Bone Center Texas A&M Jr.
Layshia Clarendon Guard Cal Sr.
Elena Delle Donne Forward Delaware Sr.
Skylar Diggins Guard Notre Dame Sr.
Stefanie Dolson Center Connecticut Jr.
Aaryn Ellenberg Guard Oklahoma Jr.
Shante Evans Forward Hofstra Sr.
Kelly Faris Guard Connecticut Sr.
Angel Goodrich Guard Kansas Sr.
Chelsea Gray Guard Duke Jr.
Brittney Griner Center Baylor Sr.
Bria Hartley Guard Connecticut Jr.
Tianna Hawkins Forward Maryland Sr.
Tayler Hill Guard Ohio State Sr.
Jordan Hooper Forward Nebraska Jr.
Maggie Lucas Guard Penn State Jr.
A'dia Mathies Guard Kentucky Sr.
Kayla McBride Guard Notre Dame Jr.
Lindsey Moore Guard Nebraska Sr.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Forward Connecticut So.
Chiney Ogwumike Forward Stanford Jr.
Karisma Penn Forward Illinois Sr.
Niveen Rasheed Forward Princeton Sr.
Sugar Rodgers Guard Georgetown Sr.
Ebony Rowe Forward Middle Tennessee St. Jr.
Meighan Simmons Guard Tennessee Jr.
Odyssey Sims Guard Baylor Jr.
Alyssa Thomas Forward Maryland Jr.
Elizabeth Williams Center Duke So.